TAMPA - Manny Nieves was behind the wheel of his friend Alyssa Aracich's red Pontiac Sunfire Friday evening as they and another friend prepared to go to McDonald's.
But before they could leave, a Ford F-150 pickup came down Chadbourne Drive. When the truck stopped, deputies say, Andre Rodne Watkins got out of the passenger side and started shooting.
"The first shot came at me and I ran," Nieves, 22, said this morning.
His male friend also made it out of the Pontiac unscathed.
Aracich did not. The 19-year-old Chamberlain High School graduate died outside 10536 Chadbourne Drive.
Brian Troche came out of his house after the gunfire stopped and tried to help Aracich.
"I was shaking her and she was gone," Troche said.
Nieves said he knows Watkins but wouldn't say how.
He and Troche say they plan to erect a cross near the spot where Aracich died.
This afternoon, the
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