Three friends “massacred” in Lake Florida discovered by father of victim: “It’s a horrible scene” – National


Three friends were murdered moments after they gathered to fish at night in a lake in central Florida, authorities said on Saturday. They were found by the father of one of the men who managed to call for help just before his death.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, who has worked in the department since 1972, described the murders on a Frostproof Lake in Florida as a “massacre”. He said the men were beaten and shot.

“It’s a horrible scene,” said Judd at a press conference on Saturday near Lake Streety, where the bodies were found. “I’ve been to a lot of murder scenes in my life, and this ranks among the worst. “

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Damion Tillman, 23, was killed; Keven Springfield, 30; and Brandon Rollins, 27.

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Judd stated that this is what the investigators believe to have happened: Tillman was the first to arrive at the lake to meet his friends for the “night fishing” of catfish. When Rollins and Springfield arrived, they saw Tillman being beaten. The attackers then started shooting at them.

Rollins was still alive when the attackers left and called on his father for help. His father rushed to the fishing spot about 10 minutes away, but forgot his cell phone in a rush to help his son. He went to a nearby convenience store and the clerk helped him reach the authorities, but by the time they arrived, Rollins was dead.

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Judd didn’t want to say what information Rollins shared with his father before his death, but said they had a conversation. He also did not say whether authorities identified any suspects, but noted that his department offered US $ 5,000 for any information leading to the capture of the killers. He said investigators believed more than one person was involved in the killings.

Judd also didn’t want to speculate that the attackers knew the victims, although he also suggested that it was not a random attack.

“You don’t just run into someone here. It is a dirt road, a dirt dirt road, out in the middle of what we call the country of God, on the way to a pretty little fishing lake. It’s not like there are a lot of people here. As you can see, these are pastures and lakes for the cows, ”he says.

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This is a developing story.

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