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Sheriff's Office identifies slaying victim found in Dade City


Murder victim found Sunday is identified

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office released the identity of a man found dead Sunday evening near Cooper's Place, a bar in Carver Heights at 13500 Center St. Authorities said Bernaldo C. Vasquez, 23, was murdered, although they did not release any other details about the crime. According to state records, Vasquez was arrested almost a dozen times in Florida. Charges ranged from drug possession to firing a weapon into a vehicle. His death marks the second killing near Cooper's Place in just over a year: Sean Spaights, 24, was gunned down outside the bar in August 2007.


Missing teen boater returns

A 17-year-old boater from Gulf Harbors returned home Sunday night, several hours after his family had reported him missing. The teen, who was not identified, left Saturday afternoon for Anclote Key. When he did not return as planned the next day, his father reported him missing about 5:18 p.m. Sunday. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for him, with no luck — until the teen came home about 9 p.m.

Two men injured in separate shootings

Two men were injured in separate shootings early Saturday, the Sheriff's Office said. Johnny Horton, 43, told deputies he went outside his house on Estelle Street in Moon Lake about 2 a.m. to see why his dog was barking. According to a report, Horton said he saw people down the street arguing. The scene escalated into a shouting match, then a physical fight, according to the report. The people left in a car, then returned with a gun. A passenger in the car fired one shot, the report says, striking Horton in the right bicep. In the second incident, 24-year-old Ahmed Ali said three cars turned onto Salisbury Drive, where he lives in Holiday Lake Estates, about 5:50 a.m. Saturday. Ali saw someone he thought he knew and started to run, an incident report said. He heard someone yell, "I'm going to kill you," followed by at least six gunshots. One of them hit him in the buttocks. Others hit his house. The cars then sped away, the report says. Ali told deputies that the suspects, whose names were redacted from the report, had threatened to kill him and his family before. No arrests have been made in either incident.


The man killed after a home invasion and shooting in Shady Hills last week was Corey Evans. Due to incorrect information provided by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, his first name was misspelled in an article Friday.

Pasco deaths

Davidson, June M.

Della Ratta, Irene

Fitch, Grosvenor G. Sr.

O'Brien, Eileen (nee Reid)

Pietrowski, Judith A.

Severns, Martha S.

Shellem, Joan

Steele, Denny L.

Zeiders, Milford H. Sr.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Sheriff's Office identifies slaying victim found in Dade City 10/20/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 20, 2008 9:01pm]
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