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Sheriff seeks man to discuss Tampa murders

TAMPA — Hillsborough sheriff's officials want to speak with a convicted drug dealer about Tuesday's double-murder in a north Tampa apartment.

Kito Felton, 31, has been convicted of multiple counts of cocaine possession and sales since 1997 and has served jail time, according to Florida records. His last known address is 3104 E 8th Ave.

Authorities wouldn't say why they are looking for Felton.

"We just want to talk to him," said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter, who declined to call Felton a suspect or provide details about the investigation.

The shootings happened just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, when a man opened fire in a second-floor unit at the Camelot Apartment complex at 13135 N 19th St.

Susan Myrick, 35, and her son, Laurier Myrick Jr., 17, were killed. Her daughter, Jessica Myrick, 18, a mother of two, was shot twice in the chest and once in the stomach and has had two surgeries since, said Kalvin Hearn, Jessica Myrick's longtime friend.

As of Wednesday afternoon, she was in stable condition, he said.

Jessica Myrick's 6-month-old daughter was in the apartment but unharmed. Her 4-year-old daughter was not home.

Authorities put both girls in the custody of Jessica's father, Laurier Myrick Sr., Carter said.

"Him and those kids are the only family that girl's got now," neighbor Shantae Brinson said.

Before Tuesday, things seemed to be looking up for the Myricks, a family that friends and neighbors described as loving, kind and open.

Susan Myrick was trying to get her son, a "video game freak," back into school, Brinson said.

Jessica Myrick was talking about studying nursing, said Hearn, 22.

Morning Glory Funeral Chapel on N Nebraska will handle arrangements for Susan Myrick and Laurier Myrick Jr.

Services likely will be next Saturday in order to allow Jessica Myrick time to recover enough to attend, Hearn said.

Jim Thompson, who grew up with Myrick Sr. in Georgia, just wants to see justice done.

"I don't care if you're Hispanic, black or white, nobody deserves this," he said. "If you've got information, come forward."

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Amber Mobley can be reached at amobley@sptimes.com or (813) 269-5311.

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Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Sheriff seeks man to discuss Tampa murders 03/13/08 [Last modified: Thursday, March 13, 2008 12:34am]
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