Victims: Edward Borowsky (killed), Steven V. Lonzisero
The accused: Hygens Labidou

Edward_Borowsky

Edward Borowsky

White male

Age at time: 28

Weapon: knife

knife
Lonzisero

Steven V. Lonzisero

White male

Age at time: 43

Weapon: knife

knife

Victim photo: Broward County Sheriff's Office

 
Hygens_Labidou

Hygens Labidou

Black male

Age at time: 49

Weapon: gun

gun

unharmed

Defendant photo: Labidou runs Impact Roofing in Riviera Beach

Case type:
Road rage

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2007

Location details: At a street intersection in Deerfield Beach, Broward County, on Dec. 13, 2007

What happened: Hygens Labidou was confronted by two men who yelled at him for his driving then stopped their pickup truck in front of his and threatened him. Labidou, who is black, told police the men pounded on his truck and yelled racial slurs. He said one of the men, Steven Lonzisero, carried a knife. Labidou stayed in his car and fired his gun, striking both men and killing 28-year-old Edward Borowsky. Sheriff's detectives initially arrested Lonzisero on murder charges for his role in his companion's death, but prosecutors declined to pursue those charges. Labidou, who had a concealed weapons permit, was not charged. He called 911 after the shooting.

The outcome: Not charged

Investigating agency: Broward County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Police

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Miami Herald, Dec. 19, 2007.

Source: Sun Sentinel, Jan. 17, 2008. Link to original source

Source: Topix.com, Dec. 19, 2007. Link to original source

Source: WTSP, Dec. 19, 2007. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013