TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Family and friends gathered at Seminole Heights United Methodist Church for the funeral of Anthony Naiboa, one of three people gunned down by an unknown individual in the neighborhood this month.
Anthony, who has autism, became the third victim of a killer targeting the neighborhood when he took the wrong bus home from work nine days ago.
Today, we learned he was more than a victim of violence, he was a son and a brother, touched countless lives during his short time on Earth.
Anthony recently graduated from high school, earning a regular diploma.
“Anthony was a special student—he had such a determination. I am so grateful to the Lord for allowing us to get to know Anthony,” said one of his teachers.
“I did not see him at the back of the class. I saw him sitting in the front of the class—I was proud. I felt good for him, but I also felt admiration for Anthony,” said his father Casimar Naiboa.
Anthony also left his mark in music, remixing songs, even getting an interview for his remixes on multiple blog sites.
Anthony lived by the phase, “I got this,” a phrase repeated by the pastor and multiple congregants at the service on Saturday.
Naiboa’s family and the families of the other victims, Benjamin Mitchell and Monica Hoffa are all desperate for answers and are desperate for closure.
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering up to $35,000 for tips leading to their killer’s arrest.
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