Julian Soler and Kennia Duran went to a neighbourhood gas station one fateful night in July 2011 but never returned. The two buddies were the victims of mindless homicidal brutality, which surprised and infuriated everyone. ‘See No Evil: One Last Ride,’ a documentary on Investigation Discovery, details how surveillance footage from the gas station was instrumental in apprehending the criminals. So, if you’re wondering what happened to Julian and Kennia, we’ve got you covered.
Julian Soler and Kennia Duran: How Did They Pass Away?
On the morning of July 25, 2011, Soler, 23, and Duran, 24, pulled up to a gas station to top up their 1997 Ford Mustang Cobra. They were on their way home after spending the evening celebrating a birthday. Then, on the other side of the pump, a Nissan Pathfinder drove by.
In what appeared to be a carjacking, suspects from inside confronted Soler and Duran. Soler was shot at point-blank range several times, killing him instantly. Duran was then taken out of the car and shot in the chest at point-blank range. A short time later, the young mother of one died at a local hospital.
Who killed Soler and Duran?
The authorities got access to the gas station’s security camera footage, which presented them with footage of what happened on July 25. One Pathfinder member approached Soler’s side and tapped the window, according to the footage. Julian Soler was seen getting out of the car with his hands up, and he had a gun with him. He was, however, shot numerous times and died as a result.
Ellington and Williams, both 16 years old, and their accomplice, 18-year-old Dylan McFarlane, approached the couple. Before they all departed in the car they arrived in, one of the other suspects shot Kennia Duran. Authorities thought there were at least three to four people involved at first. The Pathfinder was finally discovered, but it was burned on a fire, ostensibly to destroy any evidence that would have led to the perpetrators.
Eric Ellington, then 16 years old, was apprehended by the authorities just over a week later. His arrest was a watershed moment in the investigation. The Pathfinder had also been stolen, according to the investigators. Eric was associated with two other guys, Wayne Williams and Dylan McFarlane, who were 16 and 18 years old at the time of the murders, respectively. The trio had gone on a crime spree, stealing the Pathfinder first, then attempting to loot a bank before arriving at the gas station.
Eric shot Julian Soler and told the authorities that he did so because Julian “didn’t appear afraid enough.” He also identified Dylan as the assailant of Kennia Duran, who was in the car with Wayne. The aim, according to authorities, was to rob the Mustang, but they discovered it was a stick shift and that they couldn’t drive it. As a result, the trio got out of the car and departed the scene.
The prosecution emphasised the surveillance film during Eric’s March 2014 trial, claiming that Eric’s mother recognised her son in the video. The defence, on the other hand, claimed that the footage was too blurry. His finger and palmprints were also discovered on Julian’s car door, linking him to the crime. Dylan called Eric and Wayne just minutes before the shooting, according to phone records, and his phone was in use just minutes before the shooting, less than a mile away.
What Has Been Happening to Eric Ellington, Dylan McFarlane, and Wayne Williams?
Eric Ellington was convicted of two charges of first-degree murder and armed carjacking in March 2014. He was sentenced to life in prison for Julian’s murder, 50 years for Kennia’s murder, and 30 years for the carjacking charge a few months later. Eric is currently being held at Century Correctional Institution in Escambia County, Florida.
Wayne Williams was sentenced to 17 years in prison in October 2014 after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed carjacking, and additional offences. Wayne is currently incarcerated at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton, Florida. In April 2028, he will be eligible for release.
Dylan McFarlane was convicted of the same offences as Eric in March 2015. He was sentenced to two life terms for the killings and a 30-year sentence for the carjacking in June 2015. Dylan is still imprisoned at Liberty Correctional Institution in Bristol, Florida.