Alberto Romero, a Tampa lawyer, was killed in Cuba while visiting family last week, a family spokesman said.
Hal Flowers, a close family friend, said the family received the news late Friday and has very little information.
"The family of Alberto Romero is privately grieving the loss of their loved one as more details are being sought and the circumstances of this tragedy are being investigated," a written statement from the family said. "At this profoundly sad time, the Romero family respectfully requests privacy as they surround themselves with family, loved ones and close friends."
It was unclear if Romero was killed Thursday night or Friday morning.
Flowers said the family has limited information about the circumstances of Romero's death, but has been working with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor's office. Castor, D-Tampa is trying to help secure the return of Romero's body so his family can plan a memorial service.
Romero, 39, received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2001 and was a marital and family law attorney based in South Tampa.
He started with Gulf Coast Legal Services in 2002, defending indigent victims of domestic violence, according to his website. He then spent several years with the office of Mason Black & Caballero before he opened Alberto Romero PA.
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