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Man arrested after two bodies found in Holiday mobile home

HOLIDAY — Deputies were called to a mobile home on Pleasure Drive early Saturday because the people inside were having a loud argument.

When deputies arrived about 3:15 a.m., they found two men dead inside.

They did not say how Raymond Rossi, 56, who had served in the Navy, and his roommate, Jason Allan Heintz, 39, were killed, only that it was "brutal."

They also said they were looking for a man they wanted to talk to in connection with the killings — Christopher Lamarr Amy, 42.

They found him 12 hours later, walking along Maybury Drive, about 2 miles from Rossi's mobile home.

He was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder. He has an arrest record in Florida that dates to 1989 and includes convictions for battery, grand theft, trespassing, possession of marijuana and DUI.

Steven Myers lived across the street from Rossi and was having a hard time accepting his friend was dead.

"It don't make no sense!" Myers said Saturday as he sobbed, his bare shoulders heaving. "Who would do something that evil to someone with one leg?"

Rossi once rode a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail, a hobby that came to an end after he slammed into a guardrail while riding in New York. He later cruised a three-wheeled motorized scooter and sported a prosthetic leg.

"It was hard for him," said friend Damion Butler, 19, who stopped at the crime scene on a black beach cruiser Saturday morning. "He wasn't the kind of guy who liked to sit around the house."

Neighbors said "God bless you" was his favorite salutation.

"He was a really good-hearted soul," said Myers, who met Rossi at a motorcycle rally in Detroit.

Butler met Rossi at the nearby Hess station, where Butler worked at the time. He said Rossi would spot him money for lunch and cracked jokes about winning the lottery.

"I said, 'If I had the winning tickets I'd give them all to you, Ray, because you're so nice,'  " Butler recalled.

Despite his disability, Rossi worked as a part-time repairman for American Door Sales and Service, a garage door company in Port Richey.

The company's owner, Fred Heintz, father of the second slain man in the mobile home, didn't want to talk about his son's death, but said Rossi was "very reliable, very kind to customers. He was always nice to everybody."

Heintz said Rossi served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier when it was first commissioned in the 1980s. He was divorced and spoke with pride about his young grandson.

While Rossi couldn't ride motorcycles anymore, friends said he was excited about the little Chevy pickup he recently bought for $2,000.

On Saturday, the Chevy sat parked outside in the carport, a few feet from a small American flag planted in a flower bed. The truck still bore a temporary license tag.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this story.

Man arrested after two bodies found in Holiday mobile home 05/31/14 [Last modified: Sunday, June 1, 2014 12:19am]
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