Fyke, Mark Alexander

Male 1977 - 1996  (18 years)

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  • Name Fyke, Mark Alexander 
    Born 1 Jul 1977  Belleville, Hastings, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Mar 1996  Daytona Beach, Volusia, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: Murdered 
    Buried Belleville, Hastings, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4892  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree | William Burgess Descendant
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 

    Father Fyke, William Alexander 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Smith, Christine Jane 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1712  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Jul 1977 - Belleville, Hastings, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Murdered - 15 Mar 1996 - Daytona Beach, Volusia, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Belleville, Hastings, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Canadian tourist killed in Florida while on spring break Copyright © 1996 Nando. net Copyright © 1996 The Associated Press
      DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar 17, 1996 5:45 p. m. EST) - Blood-soaked roses marked the spot Saturday where a Canadian student on spring break was fatally shot at a public telephone while talking to his mother.

      "We had partied with him. We never thought it was possible for something like this to happen, " said Roberta Stavreva, staring at the roses that had absorbed the blood from the sand surrounding the pay phone.

      Mark A. Fyke, 19, became the second foreign tourist to die in Florida in less than a month when he was shot in the back of the head Friday night. "I just heard some voices in the background, " Fyke's mother, Christine Fyke, told The Canadian Press in an interview Saturday. "I thought someone wanted to use the phone. He said, 'I've got to get going Mom. I'll see you later. ' "and that was it. " She said she didn't hear a shot.

      Police said they were looking for a teen-ager who broke away from a small group of youths on the beach and tried to rob Fyke. The shooter was believed to be 14 to 16 years old and from the area, said Joe Wooden, deputy chief of the Volusia Beach Patrol.

      The two deaths recalled the spate of killings of foreigners in the early 1990s that left Florida's multi billion-dollar tourism industry struggling to protect its image. "I'm certain it will make people stop and evaluate what's going on, but I'm sure they will realize this is not a standard, " Wooden said, adding, "Daytona Beach is no Miami. "

      A Dutch woman was killed in an attempted robbery Feb. 23 while her Husband asked for directions at a Miami gas station.

      Daytona Beach, on the Atlantic coast northeast of Orlando, has been generally immune from violent crime and draws an estimated 300, 000 young people this time of year, many from Canada. Fyke, a student from Belleville, Hastings, Ontario, Canada, was speaking on a phone at the entrance to a popular stretch of beach just before midnight. A friend, Che Guerrera, also of Canada, with him when he was shot.

      "I heard a shot and then his friend was pounding on the door screaming, 'Help me! Help me! Help me!"' said Ms Stavreva, 19, a student from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who was wrapping up her final day of spring break Saturday. "We ran outside and there was blood everywhere. There was nothing I could do for him. " The small black revolver used in the killing was on the sand beside Fyke's body, she said. "I won't be back, " said Michelle Ward, also 19, from Hamilton. "I used that phone all the time, sometimes at 2 in the morning. " Motel phone surcharges made the pay phones popular with students, she said.

      Witnesses told police the teen-ager walked up to Fyke, asked for his wallet and shot him once in the back of the head, Wooden said. The shooter, described as a heavyset white male, then joined a group of teen-agers on the beach, who all ran away, Wooden said.

      A $5, 000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer. Fyke's classmates, about 40 students from Nicholson Catholic high School, boarded their bus for home Saturday morning. "That was a sad bunch of kids, " said Dennis Gummo, front desk Manager at the Thunderbird Motel, where they stayed. Other students were checking in. "It kind of puts a damper on spring break to have someone blown away on your first day, " said Jason King, 19, of Bayonne, N. J.


      In Daytona Beach, a judge heeded the jury's recommendation and sentenced John Rainey to life in prison yesterday for the murder of Belleville teenager Mark Fyke. But that wasn't enough for the slain 18-year-old's Father: Bill Fyke wanted Rainey sent to the electric chair.

      "I have not found a grain of sand that would keep John Rainey out of the electric chair, " Fyke said, reading a statement after the brief sentencing hearing. "John Rainey should not be rewarded by life in prison for taking a life. He should pay with his own. "

      The jury that last month convicted the 19-year-old Florida native of murdering Mark Fyke during a spring break School trip had recommended against the death penalty. It would have been highly unusual for Judge McFerrin Smith tooverrule the jury and send Rainey to Florida's electric chair. And in a hushed courtroom, the judge sentenced him to life without parole for 1st-degree murder and also to 18 years for aggravated robbery, to be served concurrently. Defense lawyer Gary Tinsley said he would appeal the sentence.

      Christine Fyke, who attended the trial of her son's killer, told a Belleville radio station she was satisfied with the sentence. "I think in about 99% of the cases, the judge doesn't overrule the recommendation of the jury, " she said. "I was certainly satisfied with that recommendation, knowing that a life sentence means life and there won't be any parole. "

      But Bill Fyke, who attended the sentencing, was adamant that his son's killer should have been sentenced to death. "John Rainey has no remorse; John Rainey still believes he can kill and get away with it; John Rainey is a danger to society, in prison or out, " Fyke said. "He seems to have no regard for human life. "

      Rainey was convicted last month of murdering the Belleville teen on the night of March 15, 1996. Fyke was on vacation in Florida, speaking to his mother from a beach side pay phone when he was surrounded by several young men. They forced Fyke to abruptly hang up the phone and demanded his wallet.

      When Fyke took too long to comply, Rainey put a. 38-caliber pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. Fyke had just $17 US on him. "I never got a chance to say good bye to him, " Christine Fyke said last month in a victim impact statement. "If I could have warned him, I would have. "

      District attorney Noah McKinnon told jurors Fyke's death had devastated his family and sent his entire community into mourning. "(Rainey) took a large part of her life, " McKinnon said, pointing to Fyke's mother. "You heard how his death took a chunk out of the heart of his Father. An entire city in Canada mourned his loss. " 1 juror was so moved by Christine Fyke's statement he walked over to Fyke's best friend Che Guerrera, who was beside the Belleville teen when he died, and apologized on behalf of the American people. "Tell all of Canada we apologize, " Raoul Alfonso said.

      HOUSE OF COMMONS Monday, March 18, 1996 MARK FYKE
      Mr. Ed Harper (Simcoe Centre, Ref.): Mr. Speaker, over this past weekend Canadians were shocked and saddened at the tragic death of Mark Fyke, an 18-year-old student from Belleville, Hastings, Ontario, Canada. It now appears with the arrest of a suspect that both the victim and his killer are the same age. This terrible shooting is a reminder to all Canadians that violence among our young is not restricted to Canada and it is our youth who are most often the victims of these violent teenagers.

      Mark, with a full and promising future ahead of him, has been denied that future by the senseless actions of the accused. His family have been denied the love and affection of a son in the prime of his life. Mark's many School friends share the deep loss and hurt that his family are experiencing.

      I am sure I speak for all members of the House when I say to Mark's mother and Father as well as sister Jennifer and brother Paul that our hearts and thoughts are with you as you come to terms with this tragic loss of a loved one.

      MARK FYKE Mr. Lyle Vanclief (Prince Edward-Hastings, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I also rise today to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mark Fyke, an 18-year-old constituent of mine from the city of Belleville who was murdered while on March break in Florida. The loss of this energetic, bright and respected young man is a brutal and senseless tragedy that has shaken our community and indeed the nation.

      I cannot express clearly enough our hope that the murder of this young man will at the very least result in a greater awareness in the state of Florida of the need to act to stem the tide of violent crime that has swept over this tourist region and taken so many innocent lives. This death need not have occurred and it is more than reason enough to ensure that measures are taken to prevent other meaningless murders in the future.

      On behalf of the members of the House of Commons and all Canadians I extend our sympathy to Mark's family. I know we all share his family's shock and grief and we will remember them in our prayers.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S171] Florida: Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Index.