The residents of a quiet neighborhood in the city of Tampa in the state of Florida, in the United States, have had their lives shaken up due to the possibility of an armed killer lurking their streets during the night.
According to police, they believe that three slayings which have occurred in the Tampa neighborhood of Seminole Heights may be connected.
Police are inclined to believe the murders have been connected as they happened mere blocks apart over the course of only the last ten days.
There seems to be no motive for the murder of these unfortunate individuals as they all had nothing in common other than the fact they were killed while wandering the streets at night alone.
The killers most recent victim was 20 year-old Anthony Naiboa, an autistic man who was walking home after he boarded the wrong bus. The two previous victims were 22 year-old college student Benjamin Mitchell who was killed while waiting at a bus stop and and 32 year-old sign-language teacher Monica Hoffa who was killed when walking to a friends home.
Officers were in the vicinity when they heard the popping of the bullets that killed Naiboa, but when they arrived at the scene the perpetrator had already fled.
These senseless crimes have changed life for the people of Seminole Heights, in which people no longer wander outside after dark and everyone locks their doors now. Local authorities are now even accompanying students to their bus stops.
A large crowd numbering at least 100 individuals marched to the scenes of the crimes while chanting “whose streets? our streets.”
An image of a suspect taken from surveillance footage has been released. As of now the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), as well as the Tampa Bay crime stoppers have offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to any arrests over the murders.
More to Come.
Image of police at one of the murder scenes from CBS