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Intruders kill Tampa port worker

Published July 18, 2006

TAMPA - Luis E. Vargas sent money to his parents in Peru and his daughters in Argentina and California. He earned it as a shipfitter, getting steel ready to be welded at the Port of Tampa.

Early Monday, someone may have come looking for Vargas' money. He was shot in the chest about 3 a.m. in an apparent home invasion at his duplex apartment at 1002 S 22nd St., just north of the Crosstown Expressway near Ybor City.

A bloodied Vargas staggered to his next-door neighbor's apartment, who called 911. The 48-year-old died hours later at Tampa General Hospital, police said.

Homicide investigators say two masked gunmen who spoke Spanish were responsible for the home invasion. They're still looking for a motive and suspects.

Anyone with information can call Tampa police at 813 276-3200.

Aldo Nahed can be reached at anahed@ or (813) 310-0998.

[Last modified July 18, 2006, 01:35:57]

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