TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Hills-borough County detectives are looking for three people involved in a man's death early Friday.
The victim, 31-year-old Kenric Orlando May, and several others were inside a residence at Candlewood Apartments, 5914 Oak River Drive, at about 1:50 a.m. when three to five people entered. It's not clear how they broke into the apartment, said sheriff's Sgt. Ken Escobio.
A fight started, and May was shot, deputies said.
They left in a blue sedan. Escobio said detectives were interviewing the other people who were in the apartment, as well as knocking on the doors of neighbors.
He said it was not known whether May knew the intruders. Possible motives for the killing also were unclear.
May's family gathered at his parents' Arkansas home Friday afternoon. In a phone interview, May's mother, Hilda May, described her son as a caring, happy-go-lucky man who had a lot going for him.
He had a business degree from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but he had recently decided he would rather get into multimedia. So he moved to Tampa and enrolled at the University of Tampa, she said. He also regularly updated a sports blog.
"It's a difficult time for us," Hilda May said. "He had plans for his life. I don't know why this happened."
Within hours of his death, nearly two dozen friends posted on May's Facebook wall, expressing their sorrow and shock.
May said she has no idea who would want to kill her son, but she's hopeful that detectives will arrest the men suspected in the shooting.
"We're just prayerful that everything will work out," she said.