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Man found slain in doorway of mobile home

By AMBER MOBLEY
Published June 10, 2007


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TAMPA - A man was found slain, his bloody body lying in a back doorway Saturday, at lot 521-D in North Rome Mobile Home Park.

Neighbors said their street has been a quiet place - but not anymore.

Police had not identified the victim or described a cause of death late Saturday.

There was no sign of forced entry, said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis, but there appeared to be some sign of a struggle in the kitchen.

The man, who appeared to be in his late 50s, may have been bringing groceries into the home when he was killed, said Davis.

Residents of the park, where lots rent for about $300 a month, gathered at the fringes of the yellow crime scene tape.

"This scares me, " said Linda McDade, a 62-year-old Circle K cashier who lives directly in front of lot 521-D. "Most people just mind their own business. ... I hope they find out who did this."

McDade didn't know the man who rented lot 521-D very well. They would say hello in passing.

A few weeks ago, he gave her a plant.

A woman sitting on neighbor Ramon Yambo's front stoop said she had found the body, but refused to give her name or describe what she saw.

Yambo comforted her in Spanish and shook his head in disbelief . "Back here, we're all old people, " he said.

"I've been here six years, and especially over here, on this street, it's quiet."

Amber Mobley can be reached at amobley@sptimes.com or 813 269-5311.

[Last modified June 10, 2007, 00:31:25]


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