HOLLYWOOD, Florida – A 22-year-old man was shot and killed after deciding to run home naked, after a friend took his clothes and skateboard. Jandei Cherry, known as a free-spirited musician and doting father, reportedly decided to hoof it 10 miles from the beach to Pembroke Pines when police say he got into a fight with a passing motorist who had stopped to check on him. Cherry was shot in the stomach and pronounced dead at Memorial Regional Hospital, according to police.
The motorist and shooter, identified as 29-year-old Duke Laguerre, told detectives he was driving west on Hollywood Boulevard between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Oct. 6 when he spotted the nude man. He passed by Cherry and then reportedly turn around and went back.
Police did not provide details as to what to led to the shooting, but there was no indication that the men knew each other. Laguerre has not been charged thus far.
Cherry’s family and friends are still trying to make sense of the bizarre series of events.
One of his co-workers said, “I never met someone with a brighter aura than Jandei. Sweet, witty, always making people laugh. He deserves to be known for who he was, not just a naked man running around Hollywood.”
Cherry’s mother said that she was provided an account of how her son wound up without his clothes and possessions by one of his friends. According to the friend, he and Cherry ended up at the beach after getting off work late. He told Cherry’s mother that they argued and Jandei punched him in the face. In return, the friend took off with Jandei’s clothes and possessions.
Cherry’s belongings were returned to his family. His pants, work shirt, underwear, socks and shoes were in a plastic bag. His skateboard was intact. In his wallet were his ID and more than $70.
Photo:Courtesy of Cherry Family