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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Marion detectives investigating early morning homicide at Ocala truck stop

Marion County sheriff’s detectives are investigating an early morning homicide at a popular Ocala truck stop just off Interstate 75.

Sheriff’s deputies responded at about 2:10 a.m. Sunday to the Pilot Travel Center at 2020 S.W. Hwy. 484 after receiving calls about a disturbance in the parking lot, where a large crowd had gathered. They learned that a shooting had just occurred following an argument, a sheriff’s office report states.

Zion Willis
Zion Willis

When deputies arrived, they discovered that 21-year-old Zion Willis had been killed and another person had been injured by gunfire. The injured victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover, the report says.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at (352) 732-9111. Those wishing to make anonymous tips can contact CrimeStoppers of Marion County at (352) 368-STOP (7867) or https://ocalacrimestoppers.com.