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A month after first Seminole Heights killing, reward climbs to $41K

By Times staff
OCTAVIO JONES | Times David Lee, left, a local business owner and resident of Seminole Heights comforts Ana Lavendeira, the grandmother of Monica Caridad Hoffa who was shot and killed in Seminole Heights last month on Sunday, November 5, 2017. On Sunday an exterior wall of the vacant building owned by David Lee at 4725 N Nebraska Avenue in Seminole Heights. A four-panel mural was unveiled honoring the three victims Benjamin Mitchell, Anthony Taino Naiboa and Monica Caridad Hoffa who were gunned down last month in crimes police believe were random but related. A suspect has not yet been named.

Its been a month since the first of the Seminole Heights victims was shot dead in the Tampa neighborhood.

Police have made no arrests and named no suspects.

Investigators have shared a video of a person running away from where Benjamin Mitchell was shot on Oct. 9. They still have not identified the hooded figure.

Now, the reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer has reached $41,000.

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The bulk of that money, $37,000, comes from CrimeStoppers, the Florida Department of Law enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

The rest has been raised by the community left terrified after the three murders of Mitchell, 22; Monica Hoffa, 32; and Anthony Naiboa, 20.

All three were walking alone when they were shot at, or near, bus stops.

Anyone with tips regarding the ongoing investigation can reach Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or submit a tip online.