Authorities are asking for help from the public with two unsolved murder cases.
Shamir Garnelo, 21, of Plant City was found dead in a bathroom at an American Legion Hall at 1750 Arcadia Road in Holiday at 1:46 a.m. on Oct. 31. The aspiring rapper and DJ was there performing at a Halloween costume party, which also was a birthday party for 19-year-old Rosemary Anazco. Authorities have not released the cause of death. Family members said he was stabbed. Garnelo had no criminal record in Florida, according to state files.
Detective Lisa Schoneman said Garnelo decided to go to the party the day before and it did not appear as though he knew anyone in Pasco County. He heard about the party through a friend. Schoneman said several Latin King gang members were at the party as Anazco's brother is a documented member. Garnelo does not appear to have any gang ties, she said.
A little after 1 a.m., two slightly built men wearing motorcycle helmets, dark clothes and black gloves joined the party. Thirty minutes later, a witness saw them running from the bathroom, where Garnelo was found dead on the floor.
Detectives have interviewed 50 people, but estimate 125 or more might have attended the party. Schoneman asks for anyone who was there to contact her. Her number is 1-800-854-2862, ext. 7473.
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On the night of Nov. 3, David Cutshaw was found dead by the fire pit outside his home in the woods where he lived simply. The 66-year-old man who walked with a cane was described by those who knew him as quiet and tender-hearted. He was well-known in his Hudson neighborhood, as he walked often to the store to get beer and did odd jobs. Authorities have not said how Cutshaw died. The woman who found him — a neighbor coming that night to bring him cold medicine — said he had a massive head wound.
Detective Matt Myers said that on the night Cutshaw died, a person tried to break into MDR Salvage at 13234 Hicks Road. The back of the salvage yard borders Cutshaw's residence. Video surveillance shows a person in a black ski mask and clothing holding what appears to be a hammer. The person is suspected of smashing a window to a trailer on the salvage yard property. Video shows the suspect leaving the yard near the border with Cutshaw's place.
Myers asks for anyone with information to come forward — even if it might seem insignificant — because it will help piece together the puzzle of how Cutshaw died.
Myers can be reached at 1-800-854-2862, ext. 7850.
Erin Sullivan can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 869-6229.