Bridge Jumping Suspects Facing Murder Charges After Drive-by Shooting Victim Dies

July 6, 2024

Two suspects that jumped off the Highway 90 bridge over Escambia Bay following a June 24 drive-by shooting will now face murder charges after the 70-year-old victim died.

Family members identified the victim Wednesday to our news partners at WEAR 3 as lifelong Pensacola resident Myra Hayes.

“Myra was a very gentle, sweet person who never had a bad word to say about anyone. She loved everyone’s kids, she loved sitting outside and relaxing. She never met a stranger. She wouldn’t harm not even a fly. We are truly going to miss her. She was our precious gem and she didn’t deserve death. Keep our family in prayer,” the family said in a statement to WEAR.

The attempted murder charges for 19-year-olds Jaquaris Ethridge and Terrance Gross Jr. were upgraded to first-degree premeditated murder.

Following the drive-by shooting on Erress Boulevard, the three suspects led authorities on a chase that ended with a PIT maneuver on the Highway 90 bridge just past Scenic Highway. The three suspects — Ethridge, Gross Jr. and 22-year-old Trevion Moton — exited the car and jumped off the bridge.

Morton died after jumping and missing the water. Etheridge was arrested that night, and Gross, Jr. was arrested in Texas, near  the US-Mexico border.

Etheridge is in the Escambia County Jail without bond, while Gross. Jr. awaits extradition back from Texas.


4 Responses to “Bridge Jumping Suspects Facing Murder Charges After Drive-by Shooting Victim Dies”

  1. Dee on July 6th, 2024 12:49 pm

    Tell me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t this be the 2nd murder charge? If a suspect dies in the commission of a felony, the other suspects are charged with murder.

  2. Terrible and Needless on July 6th, 2024 9:41 am

    The family and close friends of this lady must be absolutely broken and devastated by this sad situation. Give them comfort please. Needless loss.

  3. JTV on July 6th, 2024 8:51 am

    Rest in Peace Mrs Hayes.

    Gross Jr’s Dad still should be arrested for aiding and abetting or harboring a fugitive. That’s our weak prosecutors for you.

  4. Lou on July 6th, 2024 8:18 am

    What a waste of lives! These young folks don’t have enough constructive things to do with their time. So unfortunate this totally innocent woman who actually was a plus to our society was killed. These young men are about to learn a tough, life long lesson.
    I think the Dad should be charged as well. I would be the first to call the cops or drive mine to ECSO to turn him in.

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