A suspected Tampa serial killer claimed the life of their fourth victim last week, terrorizing residents of the neighborhood in which all four killings have taken place and prompting authorities to offer $100,000 for reward leading to their capture.
A string of brazen murders in the Seminole Heights neighborhood puzzled investigators last month, as the three victims were all fatally shot and were found within a short distance from each other.
Last week, 60-year-old Ronald Felton became the fourth person to be shot to death in Seminole Heights, NBC News reported. He was found only a few blocks away from a memorial that was built to honor the three other victims.
Police do not yet know if Felton’s murder was connected to the three October slayings, but they are operating under the assumption that it is until more information can be uncovered. Felton was on his way to feed the homeless at New Seasons Apostolic Church when he was killed, his brother James Felton told the outlet.
Tampa authorities are encouraging residents to be both safe and vigilant until the killer is brought to justice.
“We need folks to think about everything they heard last night and everything they saw this morning,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said during a news conference the day after Felton was killed. “We need to catch this killer before we have to notify one more family that their loved one is dead.”
22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was shot dead on October 9 while waiting for a bus; 32-year-old Monica Hoffa was found shot to death in a vacant lot less than a mile away; and 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa, who had autism and became lost after taking the wrong bus home from work, was discovered 300 yards away from where Mitchell was killed.