Tony Marrero, Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

Tony Marrero

Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

A Baltimore native, I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1998 and have been a reporter here for nearly that long. I joined the Times in 2009 and have covered beats ranging from from education to criminal courts. I now cover breaking news and general assignment stories in the Tampa bureau, which means I never know exactly what will come my way on any given day. I like that variety and enjoy digging to tell readers more about the big stories of the day.

'She was going to make my life a living hell,' Brandon man accused of killing girlfriend tells deputies

John McQueen described in detail how and why he killed 25-year-old Kelaina Adkins, the mother of one of his children, in their apartment on Tuesday, an arrest report shows.

Slain HART driver chose busy route because he 'loved people,' friend says

Thomas Dunn chose the green buses of the Metro Rapid line because it carries a lot of people and he enjoyed serving them, a friend says. A memorial stands on the spot alongside Nebraska Avenue where Dunn managed to pull his bus to safety May 18 after a passenger slit his throat. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times]
Tom Dunn was a U.S. Air Force veteran and former long-haul truck driver who took the job as a HART bus driver to spend less time away from his family, his father said.

Lack of answers about fatal shooting is tearing a Tampa mosque apart

Rafat Saeed, 36, was fatally shot outside the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Mosque at 7326 E Sligh Ave. late Sunday night, deputies said. Both men involved in the altercation are members of the mosque, but no arrest has been made and investigators have released no new information about the shooting. The mosque’s community is starting to fracture and rumors are appearing in social media. [Facebook]
Rafat Saeed, 36, was fatally shot outside his mosque. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office hasn’t given congregants much information. Now rumors are flying on social media.

‘I am not in fear for my life,’ woman told a judge. Now, her boyfriend is charged in her death.

John James McQueen, 26, faces charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the death of his the mother of his 3-month-old child. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
Kelaina Adkins of Brandon had four children. John James McQueen faces charges of first-degree murder, drug possession, and violation of probation over a previous domestic violence arrest.

Assailant in bus attack told driver, 'God bless you,' before slitting his throat, report says

Justin Ryan McGriff, 35, was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus driver, according to police. [Tampa Police Department]
Tampa police still don't have a clear motive in the fatal attack on Thomas Dunn, 46. Justin McGriff has been charged with first degree murder.