‘Senseless act,’ Gov. Rick Scott meets with murder victim’s family in Seminole Heights

Governor Rick Scott visits Seminole Heights.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in Seminole Heights on an unannounced trip Tuesday.

Scott got an up close look at what it’s taking to track down the killer accused of murdering four people in the neighborhood.

He shook the hands of law enforcement officers who are working the case. Scott also met with Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

The four murders, which occurred between Oct. 9 and Nov. 14, remain unsolved. Tampa police believe one person is behind all four murders.

Scott spent time talking with family of Monica Hoffa, the second victim in the string of murders.

“We all love our families. We’re coming up to Thanksgiving and we have four families now that have lost a loved one in an absolute senseless act,” Scott said..

“The faster this can come to an end, that’s what we all would want. We don’t want another family impacted.”

Robert Hoffa, Monica Hoffa’s uncle, spoke with News Channel 8 about spending the holidays without his niece.

“It’s dark, it’s very dim. It’s definitely going to be a Thanksgiving that we don’t want to remember,” Robert Hoffa said.

Additional Florida Highway Patrol troopers have been added to the streets of Seminole Heights at Scott’s request.

The reward for information leading to an arrest is the largest in Tampa Police Department history, at $110,000.

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