Florida police think a serial killer is on the loose

20-Year-Old Man With Autism Becomes Third Victim of Possible Fla. Serial Killer

What police do have is a disturbing pattern: three victims, strangers to each other - but shot in the same area in the same time frame. They had deployed extra patrols in the area after the two other murders in 10 days.

"But it was too late", Dugan said. When the officers finally found Naiboa, he was already dead and there was no sign of the shooter.

It appears that Naiboa had taken the wrong bus to the neighborhood and was walking north to another bus stop when he was shot, Dugan said.

Dugan said Naiboa's parents called police when their son didn't come home. "He took the wrong bus to this neighborhood", Dugan said.

Naiboa was the eldest of five children and had just graduated from Tampa's George S. Middleton High School a year ago, Dugan said. "He was in the prime of his life and was taken instantly".

Hoffa is one of three victims in a series of killings that authorities now believe are linked: The first apparent victim, Benjamin Mitchell, 22, a community college student, was shot dead while waiting for a bus on October 9. His body was found nearly directly in front of Mitchell's home, Dugan said.

DuPre said Mitchell, who worked at Ikea to pay for classes at Hillsborough Community College, where he studied business, was catching the bus to see his girlfriend the night he was killed.

"No one could see her in the grass", he said, adding: "We feel terrible". "Do not assume this is a white person, do not assume it's a black person and do not assume it's a male". The third victim, Monica Hoffa, was found about a half a mile away. She believes someone has crucial information they haven't told police.

Detectives have released little else about the investigation, which is being assisted by the FBI.

"When I think about the victims and their families, that's what keeps us going", Tampa Police Interim Chief Brian Dugan said.

Crime Stoppers has teamed up with the ATF to offer up to a $25,000 reward for information that leads to a suspect's arrest. She had been shot and killed two days earlier. He also recommended residents to turn on their porch lights and to stay in groups outside.

Dugan added that it's not necessary to hide in their homes but to remain aware of their surroundings.

'Do cookouts, walk your dog, ' he said.

"We're not going out at night", said Randy Moore, "I'm getting lights, cameras, doing some security precautions just trying to be more careful".

Police have no suspect and motive. 'I go from frustration to anger on these unsolved homicides.

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