Parents of Periscope shooting victim speak out

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TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – Nina and Marvin Lancaster II are barely keeping it together. Their only son, Marvin III, who friends call “Lil Marvin,” died in a shooting at Club Rayne nearly two weeks ago.

In an ironic and sad twist, Marvin broadcast a live feed of his own death on Periscope.

 ”My heart is broken,” Nina Lancaster said.

The victim’s parents were out on vacation in Hawaii when the shooting happened. His dad talked to him an hour before he died. When the victim told his dad where he was, Marvin Lancaster II told his son he needed to head home.

The son said he was leaving soon. But he didn’t leave soon enough.

“For this to happen, the tragic event how he died, my baby shouldn’t have been taken away from me so brutally. It was carelessness. This didn’t have to happen, ” Nina said.

The moment the Lancasters received that call, their lives changed forever.

”I dropped to my knees. I was paralyzed. There was nothing I could do. We were so far away. We couldn’t get home for over 24 hours,” they told News Channel 8.

Through their grief, Nina and Marvin have to deal with another sad reality. No one has been arrested in connection with their son’s death.

“Someone knows something. Someone is feeding him. Whoever done it, he’s living somewhere. He’s being sheltered. Just put the shoe on the other foot,” Marvin II said.

To help cope, the Lancasters have turned a back corner of their yard into a garden. They used plants from the flowers given to them at their son’s funeral, which was held Saturday.

“We didn’t want them to die. We wanted to keep his memory alive,” Nina said.

And as they deal with the untimely death, knowing their son won’t come lay across their bed and talk anymore, as he often did, the Lancasters continue to beg the person who did it to come forward.

“How could you live with yourself?” they questioned. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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