Posts Tagged ‘Shot to death’

AlexanderCostas

Photo of Alexander Costas who was gunned down in his own home during a home invasion.

On the night of April 28, 2000 a home invasion occurred at the Miami home of Alexander Costas and his mother, Nadia Dombrowski. The two went to bed and shortly after 12PM several unidentified men forced their way into their house and in the midst of the robbery, shot Alexander. Nadia managed to escape and contacted Police.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:
Miami Dade Police Department Detective T. Romagni at (305) 471-2400 or Miami Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (471-8477).

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KarleyCollumOn July 27, 2007, the murdered bodies of Karley Collum and Terrance McCloud were discovered at McCloud’s home on Silver Lake Drive in Putnam County, Florida. Both subjects died from blunt force trauma to the head. Neighbors heard a woman’s scream coming from McCloud’s residence at about 5:00 am on Thursday July 26, 2007. The attacker may have been known to McCloud as there were no signs of forced entry.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
Detective John Merchant
386-329-0800

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jennifer-odomVICTIM: Jennifer Renee Odom
White Female, Born 8/25/1980

On Friday, February 19, 1993, Jennifer stepped off her school bus around 3 p.m., waved goodbye to friends, and started walking the short 200 yards to her home in rural Pasco County, FL. Children on the bus reported they saw a faded blue pickup truck slowly following Jennifer as she walked home. Jennifer never made it to her door.

During the next days, law enforcement equipped with police dogs and hundreds of volunteers scoured 60 square miles of rolling groves, pastures and woods surrounding the tiny Pasco town of Dade City.

On Thursday, February 25, 1993, a man and woman searching an abandoned orange grove in southeast Hernando County, FL, found Jennifer. Jennifer’s clothing, including the red sweater and Hooter’s jacket, have not been found.

Approximately two years later on Thursday, January 5, 1995, a couple hunting for scrap metal in a rural area of Hernando County discovered Jennifer’s missing book bag and clarinet case. The bag and case were found in Western Hernando County.

The suspect vehicle is a full size, older unknown model pick-up truck, blue in color.

Jennifer was last seen wearing a white zip-up “Hooters” sweat jacket with orange lettering on the left sleeve, a red long sleeve pullover sweater, possible cashmere or angora, a white turtleneck shirt, white denim pants and black lace-up style boots.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:

Det. Michael Nelson, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 754-6830
mnelson@hernandosheriff.org
Anonymous tips can be made by e-mail to: tips@hernandosheriff.org
or by telephone (352) 797-TIPS/8477

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Photo of Tim Chanthavong taken shortly before his 1999 death

On June 24, 1999 at approximately 8:50PM, Tim Chanthavong was murdered at 26th Ave N. & 60th St in St. Petersburg, FL. His 1994 Acura NSX was stolen & driven to 53rd Ave S. & 7th St. The car was left at Hillside Dr. S. & 6th Way.

Tim’s family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his death.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Det. C. Leedy, St. Petersburg Police Department, 727 -893-7613.

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howeIn the early morning hours of March 22, 1988, 31-year-old Kim Shrree Howe was brutally murdered. Her body was found later that morning by some local children on their way to school.

Kim’s body was found on a dirt road between Howard Street and Santa Rosa Drive in the City of Rockledge. Kim was last seen alive earlier that morning in Cocoa, just a few blocks away from where her body was found. At that time Kim made a report to a Cocoa Police Officer that she was being harassed by an unknown person in a vehicle.

Kim had moved to Cocoa about a year and a half earlier after divorcing her husband in Fort Perice. Kim was the mother of three children.

Any persons with information regarding to this case is urged to please contact:
Investigator Wayne Winkler of the Rockledge Police Department at 321-690-3988.

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Click Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Unsolved Homicides for additional unsolved cases in Florida.

heredia_unsolved_murderLuis Rios, 35, was gunned down on June 24, 2005 at approximately 8:25PM in Yuma, Arizona. Police were called after hearing shots and a man screaming for help and when Yuma Police arrived, they found a fatally wounded man struggling in the backyard of 2037 East La Mesa Street. He was raced to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he died shortly after.

Police then went inside the residence and discovered five more victims, four of them children. Adrienne Heredia, 29, and her four children, Andreas Crawford, 13, Enrique Crawford,12, Inez Newman, 9, and Danny Heredia, 6, had all been shot to death at the home as well.

Family photo of Adrienne, Andreas, Enrique, Inez and Danny

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Photo of Luis Rios

Neighbors described an adult man who appeared to be Hispanic entering the home right after the shooting. Based on descriptions given by witnesses police were able to put together a composite sketch of what the suspect may have looked like.

According to authorities, two people close to Luis Rios have not been cooperative in the investigation.

There was an extensive investigation by Yuma Police Department as well as other agencies. Hundreds of interviews were conducted, hundreds of tips were followed but the person(s) responsible was never identified. Police are asking tipsters to call again, even if they originally called with a tip.

Yuma Police Department has received information from people who have wished to remain anonymous. Some of this information needs additional follow-up and they hope those individuals will contact them again so they can talk to them and obtain additional information. These contacts can remain anonymous. There will be no need to give names or contact information, but the opportunity to talk with them will prove invaluable.

Below is a list of some information police would like to find out;

  • They would also like to speak to the male tipster who called in on 78-CRIME on June 25, 2005, at 8PM in reference to a white van, to include a license plate and the names of several subjects possibly involved.
  • They’re also asking another caller who called in on 78-CRIME advising of Luis Rios being involved in any type of argument at RC Liquor prior to the murders, to please call again.
  • Anyone who has any information on Luis Rios having been involved in any argument prior to the murders.
  • Anyone who had contact with Luis Rios, Adrienne Heredia, Enrique Crawford, Andreas Crawford, Inez Newman or Danny Heredia on the day of the murders June 24, 2005.
  • Anyone who saw or knew the whereabouts of the Blue Durango that was stolen from the residence and later located in the area of 6th Avenue and 21st Street.
  • Anyone who has information on why anyone close to this investigation is refusing to cooperate with us.
  • Anyone with information on the subjects seen on surveillance video from RC Liquor on the afternoon of the murders that was released earlier to the media.

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The murders took place at this residence on E. La Mesa Street, Yuma, AZ

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Rios vehicle, a dark-colored Durango, which was located the following day (6/25/05) at 6th Avenue and 21st Street in Yuma

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, who has also become involved with the case, has offered a $25,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these murders. There is also a $10,000 reward through 78-CRIME.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: (928) 343-4704 to speak to Detectives directly assigned to the case.

Source of Information:
CI Yuma AZ US
Tru TV (Crime Library)

kerby_acostaKerby Acosta, then 17, was standing with a group of friends outside of 4500 Mariposa Street in Denver, Colorado on the night of July 13, 1997. Suddenly, an unknown vehicle with several unidentified individuals inside drove by and one of them shot at the group, fatally striking Kerby, who died at the scene before hospital could assist his wounds.

Additional information on this case is very limited.

CASE Number: 9700-28853

Anyone with any information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Denver Police Department. You can also leave tips by contacting them privately on Denver Police Facebook page. — Contacting police on Social Media websites has become quite popular however, anyone with an emergency should contact 911.

Source: Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) – Cold Case Files Note: Clicking the source link will bring you to Kerby’s case as well as other unsolved Colorado homicides.

01/09/13 LOUISIANA – A Crimestoppers tip led authorities Tuesday to a Kentwood house where a man wanted for allegedly murdering a mother in front of her children in New Orleans was being hidden by his ex-girlfriend, police said. The suspect’s gunfire in Central City last month also wounded three other people, said Remi Braden, a spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department.

U.S. marshals and the NOPD’s Violent Offenders Warrant Squad picked up 39-year-old Larry Haynes around 5 a.m. at his ex-girlfriend’s house in Kentwood.

Haynes was booked into a Tangipahoa Parish jail on Tuesday. Police said he would be transferred to the Orleans Parish jail on Wednesday to be booked on one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

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Larry Haynes, 39, accused of murdering 26-year-old mother in front of her children, as well as shooting three others.

Police said Haynes opened fire after an argument in the 2800 block of South Roman Street at about 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 1. He allegedly killed 26-year-old Tiara Reynolds while her children looked on. He also shot his 32-year-old girlfriend in the arm, a 48-year-old man in the head and another man in the body, police said.

Detectives found a trail of blood leading from the crime scene, suggesting that Haynes may have been wounded in the shooting. The lead homicide detective in the case, Elizabeth Garcia, identified Haynes as a suspect within hours of the killing. Police released Haynes’ photo later on Dec. 1.

“This was an excellent job done by Detective Garcia. … We knew it was only a matter of time before someone gave him up,” NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a news release Tuesday.

Haynes’ prior arrests included for first-degree murder during a crime, using a firearm during a crime, battery on a police officer, domestic violence, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, crack and marijuana possession, and flight from an officer.

“Looking at his lengthy record, it’s obvious that our officers have arrested this man time and time again — including on an illegal firearm charge,” Serpas said. “He had no business walking the streets last month, and should never have had the opportunity to kill this mother in front of her children.”

According to a report on The Uptown Messenger, Haynes was employed as a janitor at Lusher Charter School’s Fortier campus at 5624 Freret St. After Haynes was named as a suspect, the school changed all its locks and consulted with investigators. The incident prompted the school to review its processes for screening employees.

Police had said on Dec. 5 they believed a friend or family member was aiding Haynes in eluding the police. Police warned then that anyone caught helping him could be charged with being an accessory after the fact, which can carry up to five years in prison and a $500 fine.

It was not immediately known whether the ex-girlfriend who was housing Haynes in Kentwood would be arrested and charged. An NOPD spokesman said that decision would be made by Tangipahoa Parish authorities.

Source of article: NOLA

 

Laralee Spear, 15

Date Found: 04/25/94 (according to Deland County Police website. Although some reports say 04/26/94)

Location Found: Deerfoot Road, Deland, Florida

Laralee Spear was a fifteen year old freshman who attended Deland High School. She was described as an A-student who had many friends and was part of the cheerleading squad. Laralee enjoyed riding her bike, sing in her church choir, and playing her violin. She loved animals, especially horses and hoped to become a pediatrician. Sadly she would never have a chance to fulfill her career dream.

On the morning of April 25, 1994, Laralee had woken up early to get ready and go to school. School rang out at 3:15pm and she took the bus to get home. The bus stopped on South Spring Garden Avenue, which was only a few blocks from Laralee’s home. The teen had her own route which included walking by Deerfoot Road. She promptly disappeared somewhere between the bus-stop and her home and it didn’t take Barbara Spear, Laralee’s mother, long to call Deland Police Department and report her daughter missing. Mothers Instinct told her something was not right. She knew her daughter and knew she would never run away.

Ninety minutes after calling police, her body was spotted by a police helicopter in a secluded area behind an abandoned house on Deerfoot Road. She had been murdered by multiple gunshots.

It wasn’t the first time this vacant house was a crime-scene. About one year prior, the house had been burned down and many believe the unknown killer was familiar with the area. Laralee’s walking route was right by Deerfoot Road and it’s possible she was picked at random. It’s also possible that the killer knew her or seen the teen and knew her walking route.

The area has had a history of complaints. Cops have been called to this house before. Teenagers often use the place for drug parties, neighbors say. There’s an old railroad trestle nearby.

Several witnesses from the neighborhood informed cops that they saw a black low-rider truck speeding away from the area at about the time the girl disappeared.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at (888) 277-TIPS.

Manhatten Hitman Murders Man In Broad Daylight

A shocking image has been released of the moment a suspected hit man followed closely behind his victim on a busy Manhattan street and pulled a gun out of his pocket, right before he shot him in the head at close range.

NYPD have released CCTV footage which shows Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, from Los Angeles, walking and texting on his phone as his killer gets out of his getaway car and walks almost beside him.

The killer exited the passenger side door of his light grey Lincoln Sedan on 58th Street and casually popped the hood of his black sweatshirt before taking the semi-automatic pistol out of his pocket.

He followed his victim for around ten minutes before killing him.

Moment of attack: Brandon Woodard is seen texting on his phone moments before his killer, on the left, pulls a gun from his pocket and shoots him in the head in broad daylightMoment of attack: Brandon Woodard is seen texting on his phone moments before his killer, on the left, pulls a gun from his pocket and shoots him in the head in broad daylight

Killed: Brandon Woodard, 31, was the victim of a targeted hit, police believe

Victim: Brandon Woodard was said to have been trying to turn around a life of crime after being arrested on a number of charges and was studying law

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Police say it was a targeted hit. The killer is still at large.

The NYPD released a statement saying: ‘In the video, the gunman wanted in the shooting death yesterday of Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31 of Los Angeles, is seen ten minutes before the shooting.

‘The shooter, who appears to be bald and may have a beard, exited a late model Lincoln sedan, initially bare-headed, but soon pulled the hood of his jacket over his head.

‘Ten minutes later, at approximately 2:00pm, the shooter walked up behind Woodard and fired.  In the attached still, the gunman is seen behind Woodard  a moment before the shooting, pulling the weapon from his jacket pocket.’

Click the link at the top for full article and to watch CCTV footage showing the killer standing by his gateaway vehicle.

 

BYRON SMITH: Murder or Self Defence?

Byron Smith (center) and the teens he shot — Haile Kifer (left) and her cousin Nicholas Brady (right).

According to 64-year-old retired State Department worker Byron Smith, two Little Falls teens broke into his rural home on the Mississippi River when he shot and killed them in self-defense. He then let the bodies sit in his house for more than a day before authorities, following up on a suspicious vehicle report, came to Smith’s home and he told them about what happened.

The criminal complaint says that Smith shot the two as they came down his basement stairs several minutes apart on Thanksgiving Day. The complaint adds that he shot them numerous times – each in the head after already critically wounding them.

He then waited a day before asking a neighbor to alert authorities, the document added.

According to Smith, his home was burlarized on multiple occasions (eight) and he believes the teens had something to do with atleast a few.

Smith told investigators he shot Schaeffel as he walked down the stairs, then shot him again in the face as he lay on the floor looking at him.

“I want him dead,” Smith told police.

Smith said he sat down in a chair when Kifer started walking down the steps. Smith shot her and she also fell down the stairs. He tried to shoot her a second time, but his rifle jammed. When the gun jammed, Kifer laughed at him, fueling his anger.

“If you’re trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again,” he told police.

Smith told police he then shot Kifer “more times than I needed to” in the chest, leaving her gasping for air. He ended her suffering with a “good, clean finishing shot” under her chin.

“Smith acknowledged leaving the bodies in his home overnight before calling a neighbor to ask about a lawyer and to request that authorities be notified,” the Strib reports.

Source: blogs.citypages (clicking on the photo of Smith and the murdered teens will link you to the source.)

Raquel Gerstel: The 15-year-old was found 'full of bullets' by local resident Monique Jefferson, who told her: 'Stay with me angel. You¿re safe now'

Raquel Gerstel: The 15-year-old was found ‘full of bullets’ by local resident Monique Jefferson, who told her: ‘Stay with me angel. You¿re safe now’Bobbie Sartain: The 16-year-old had had an argument with her mother's boyfriend on the night she was murdered

Bobbie Sartain: The 16-year-old had had an argument with her mother’s boyfriend on the night she was murdered

Oakland police are offering a $10,000 reward for any information regarding the teenagers’ homicides.The girls were killed near where Minna Avenue meets Brookdale Park, an area that is typically crime free

 The girls were killed near where Minna Avenue meets Brookdale Park, an area that is typically crime free

Click here for full article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk

11/26/12, DALLAS, TEXAS — Dallas Police are searching for a killer or killers of a triple homicide at a Motel 6 Yesterday Morning. .people, two male, one female, after they were found shot to death at a Motel 6 Yesterday Morning.

The motel is located north of the High 5 interchange in the 13000 block of Central Expressway and I-635 LBJ Freeway in North Dallas, TX.

Cleaning crew stumbled upon the bodies of Marco Barajas, 27, Manases Perez, 26, and Ingrid Ramirez, 22, on Saturday morning between 11a.m. and 12p.m.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the victims and were waiting until after notifying the relatives. They described the victims are two males, one Caucasian and one Latino, and one female, Latino.

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Three murdered bodies were discovered by hotel staff in a Dallas Motel 6 and now police are searching for the culprit

The shocked employees who discovered the bodies after going in the room to clean have declined to comment.

Police are still searching for suspects and a possible motive. Authorities are asking the public for any information regarding this triple homicide to please contact: Dallas Police Department

Dallas Police Department have a Facebook page set up and have listed the incident, saying:

The three victims of the triple murder that occurred on November 24, 2012 at the Motel 6, 13185 N. Central Expressway have been identified. The victims are; Marco Barajas L/M/10-16-85, Manases Perez L/M/07-28-86 and Ingrid Ramirez L/F/07-20-90. Next of kin notifications have been made. The incident has been documented on case numbers; 291441-Z, 291773-Z and 291774-Z. There is no suspect information at this time.
Followed up with:
On November 24, 2012 officers responded to the Motel 6 at 13185 N. Central Expressway when the cleaning crew entered the room and discovered a W/M, a L/M and a L/F deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The investigation is ongoing.Positive identification has not been made nor has next of kin notifications. No further information at this time
As of right now, police have no suspects or motive and are asking the public for any information to please contact: Dallas Tip-line by clicking here.

 

UPDATE 11/18/12, NYC — Picture of the .22 Caliber Killer: ‘Methodical’ gunman behind Brooklyn store owner’s murder linked to two other shootings 

  • Casings from the same .22 caliber handgun found at all three crime scenes
  • Killer may have chosen stores based on lack of surveillance cameras
  • All three victims are Middle Eastern, prompting fears of racial motivation
  • Police offering $12,000 reward for information

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Suspect: Following one homicide at a 99 cent store that used the same gun, police released this sketch of the suspect

A sketch of the killer has been released after a witness told police he noticed a disturbed man at a previous victim’s store just before a body was discovered, muttering to himself about putting a bullet in someone’s head.

He is said to be roughly 5-foot-5 and around 140 pounds.

Click here for full updated article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk

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11/17/12, NYC — Authorities say a New York City boutique owner was shot to death in the head Friday night with the same gun that killed two other shopkeepers in the same borough over the summer. Ballistics tests matched in each killing, all of which occurred in Brooklyn shops with an ‘8’ in the address. The Daily News reports that the shop owner Vahidipour Rahmatollah of Great Neck was behind the counter of She She in Brooklyn’s Flatbush section when he was shot Friday night.

BoutiqueScene: Police believe the killer may have been casing the shop, as it had no security cameras to catch him in the act

The gunman dragged the victim’s body toward the back of the store and covered it with clothing.  Police found the 78-year-old with two gunshot wounds to the head and one to the torso, DNA Info reported.

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Pictured above: Victim,  Vahidipour Rahmatollah
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Pictured: Composite Sketch of potential suspect
When he didn’t come home at the usual time his family called the police, who discovered his body. It wasn’t not clear if the killer actually took anything, or if the murder was his sole motivation. ‘He never had in his whole life one enemy, he didn’t have, he was a very kind man,’ his sobbing wife, Naima Rahmatollan, told reporters.  Saturday he was supposed to be at his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. Police believe the murderer had been watching the store in preparation for the attack, noting that he’d chosen a shop with no security cameras. The other two merchants were killed July 6 and Aug. 2 with the same .22-caliber gun. Mohammed Gebeli, 65, was shot to death at his clothing store at 7718 Fifth Ave. and Issac Kadare, 59, was found dead in his Bensonhurst store at 1877 86th St.  No one has been arrested in any of the killings.

Article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk on 11/16/12