TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hundreds of people filled the streets of Seminole Heights on Sunday night to honor the three people who lost their lives in senseless acts of violence. The families of the victims and the members of the community walked to each of the three memorials where they stood in silence, shared a prayer or vowed to catch the person responsible for these murders.
The candles shone through the darkness illuminating the faces of the Seminole Heights neighborhood. The sorrow is there, but the strength is there too.
Casimar Naiboa is the father of Anthony Naiboa. Anthony was murdered on Thursday night.
“We won’t be afraid,” Casimar Naiboa said to the crowd of people. “[The killer] will not get away with it. No way. We are standing right here. We are not scared of them.”
“It was right here. Yet, they killed him just for nothing, just for fun like he was nothing, not a human life, he was nothing,” said Naiboa as he pointed to the sidewalk.
Monica Hoffa was murdered before Anthony. Benjamin Mitchell was murdered before Monica.
“It just tears my heart out that this is going on anywhere in our neighborhood,” said Susan Long of Old Seminole Heights.
Now, the neighborhood is fighting for a better tomorrow.
“You have to stick together,” said Sherry Wendel-Capaz, who also lives in the area, “No matter what.”
The police and the people are sticking together and working together.
Wendel-Capaz is encouraging everyone to share any information with the authorities. “Go to the police. They are making their presence known and we thank them for that.”
Seminole Heights is a united community and they displayed it on Sunday night. The crowd could be heard chanting “We own this street! We own this street!”
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