There’s a possible serial killer in Tampa, and here’s what we know

October 24, 2017

After three murders took place in the span of 11 days, there’s a possible serial killer actively targeting a Tampa neighborhood. Police are currently monitoring areas that are particularly close to schools, including bus stops, which a high volume of students use for their daily commute.

2015 June 23 Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Local activitists in Fort Lauderdale, Florida lead a rally to commemorate the lives of the nine black churchgoers who lost their lives. With our nation grappling over racist violence., local activist groups include Dream Defenders and People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism ( or POWIR) came together with members of the community. Candles were lit and the group walked to a near by church to pray. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images)
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After three murders took place in the span of 11 days, there’s a possible serial killer actively targeting a Tampa neighborhood. Police are currently monitoring areas that are particularly close to schools, including bus stops, which a high volume of students use for their daily commute.

There is no known connection between the victims, which currently includes 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell, 32-year-old Monica Hoffa, and 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa — who was murdered after he took the wrong bus home from work. All victims were shot in the same general area around the same times of day.

So far, there are no real leads in the case, and certainly no motive for the senseless acts.

When asked if the crimes were committed by a serial killer, the Tampa police chief said, “We can call it what we want. If that brings attention to it, that’s fine.” (A serial killer is typically defined as a person who kills at least three people with a “cooling off” period between each incident).

There are currently no leads on a suspect at this time, with the exception of surveillance video of a hooded man walking through the neighborhood on the evening of the first murder. Local Tampa police are on high alert and are even supplying light bulbs to residents to make sure their front porches are well lit.

We hope that the killer is brought to justice as soon as possible, and the neighborhood can return to normal. Our thoughts and prays are with anyone personally affected by this tragedy.

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