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Suspect Arrested, Prayer Service Held for Slain Student

March 18, 1996

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A teen-ager was charged with murder Sunday in the fatal shooting of a Canadian student on spring break, as hundreds of other students flocked to a memorial service for the victim.

Donald Shoup, 18, of Ormond Beach, stopped a police officer in his hometown early Sunday and told him he was wanted in the slaying of 19-year-old Mark Fyke, of Belleville, Ontario, police said.

Shoup was being held without bond in Daytona Beach. He lives in a public housing complex about 10 miles away from the crime scene, police said. Police also interviewed three teen-agers who were with Shoup just before the shooting. No other arrests were made.

Fyke was shot once in the head about Friday night while talking to his mother from a pay phone outside his beachside motel.

On Sunday, about 300 students and local residents gathered under a hot sun for a memorial service sponsored by the Campus Crusade for Christ, an international college organization that was holding its annual conference here.

``We hope to bring some sense to a senseless act,″ said conference coordinator Bob Londres.

Londres, who said he called Fyke’s mother, Christine, to tell her about the service, said she asked him and others to ``thank God for her wonderful son and the 18 years she had with him.″

``She asked that we pray for her family and pray for God to bring an end to this senseless violence.″

Mark, the oldest of three children, was an easygoing, gentle teen-ager who loved the Toronto Blue Jays and the Maple Leafs, Mrs. Fyke said.

``He was really looking forward to this trip. He paid for it himself with the money he earned from McDonald’s,″ she told Canadian Press in an interview Saturday.

``He was a great son,″ she added, her voice breaking. ``I just think God only takes the good ones.″

Lani Lowe, a waitress at Daytona Beach, attended the memorial service with her 12-year-old daughter.

``Things likes this shouldn’t happen here,″ she said.

Daytona Beach Mayor Bud Asher said he was not aware of a student being robbed or killed in his 42 years in the area.

``We still like to think this is the safest place in America,″ he said.

While the memorial service was going on, a bikini contest was under way at a nearby bar and thousands of students still on spring break baked on the white sand of Daytona Beach as planes hauled banners advertising night spots.

Fyke was one of about 40 students from Nicholson Catholic high school in Ontario who went to Daytona Beach for spring break. His classmates boarded their bus Saturday morning for the trip home.

At the murder scene Sunday, a worker was sweeping fresh sand over the blood stains with a broom.

No one answered the door of the two-bedroom apartment where neighbors said Shoup lived with his father and older sister.

A man who answered the telephone at the residence and identified himself as Shoup’s brother said the family was not ready to talk.

Linda Warrick, who lives four doors away from the Shoup family, said the teen-ager was strange.

``He would smile and wave in sort of a strange way. It made me feel uncomfortable,″ she said. ``It was scary to think that he’s been living here.″

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