TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Seminole Heights residents are on edge three weeks after three people were killed in their neighborhood in a string of murders that happened over a 10-day period. The killer has not been caught and now families are wondering what to do about taking their kids trick-or-treating.
“The good folks are going to be out there on Halloween. Obviously we are taking the appropriate precautions. We want those kids to have a Halloween and we want those families to know we have got their backs,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
Mayor Buckhorn said police are also protecting the victims’ families, too. Over the weekend, Anthony Naiboa was laid to rest. The 20-year-old was killed when he was shot at a bus stop. Even more tragic– he wasn’t even supposed to be on that route.
Anthony’s father, Casmiar Nairboa, is clearly proud of his son. He told News Channel 8 Anthony had autism, but that never stopped him from reaching his goals.
“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,” he said at his son’s funeral service.
The investigation into finding the person who murdered Anthony, Benjamin Mitchell and Monica Hoffa continues.
Police hope someone can identify person of interest shown in a surveillance video is.
The surveillance video shows the person running away from the scene where Benjamin Mitchell was shot and killed, moments after it happened.
There is a $35,000 reward offered in the case. Tampa police urge anyone who knows anything to give them a call.
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS MURDERS COVERAGE-
- Funeral held for Seminole Heights murder victim Anthony Naiboa
- Detectives won’t stop working until they catch Seminole Heights killer
- Police chief to patrol Seminole Heights during trick-or-treating as killer remains at large
- Tampa mayor, police chief address concerns over Seminole Heights murders in roll call
- Mayor Buckhorn to Seminole Heights Killer: ‘We will hunt this son of a b**** down’
- Man with autism took wrong bus home from work, became 3rd Seminole Heights murder victim
- Father of Seminole Heights murder victim believes son took new bus route due to cancellation
- Seminole Heights victim’s father says in her honor, go hug your kids
- ‘Guardian Angels’ watch over Seminole Heights as search for killer continues
- TECO adding more lighting in Seminole Heights following 3 murders
- Hundreds walk in vigil for Seminole Heights murder victims
- HART route in Seminole Heights rerouted following 3 murders