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Citrus murder stirs painful memories for Tampa family

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In 2008, Rachel Hoffman had just graduated from Florida State University.  She was bright. She was funny. And she was caught with marijuana. Tallahassee Police told her she would go to prison unless she became a confidential informant.

They sent her into a drug deal, with no training, no street smarts, no dry run and it got her killed.

During what turned out to be a botched drug sting, police lost track of Rachel. They found her two days later. The 23-year old college graduate was shot to death.

"It's like dog paddling in the deep end of the pool for four years. Only it's not water, it's mud. It's exhausting. You want to wake up and have it all be normal. But its not. You're never the same," Margie Weiss, Rachel's mother says.

Her parents pushed state lawmakers to pass "Rachel's Law" to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

"What happened to Rachel was wrong. It should have never happened. My feelings are that she was either coerced or frightened, scared into doing something that she had no business doing," Irv Hoffman, Rachel's father said.

But now, the family of another young woman, who was murdered in Citrus County, believes their daughter was also an undercover informant.

"In fact, the day of her murder, she told folks that her safety was in jeopardy," said Bill Grant, the attorney for Jamie Seeger's family.

He says the 27-year old mother of two was afraid for her life.

Grant says his investigation into the murder shows that she was working undercover for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Jaime was shot to death while sitting in her car around three in the morning in Crystal River.

"The sheriff's office, it appears, put Jamie Seeger in harm's way and if that's the facts then the Seeger family will seek to address that for the two babies Jamie leaves behind," Grant said.

The sheriff's office won't say whether Jamie was an informant, so there's no way to know if she was offered less jail time in exchange.

If she was, it would be a direct violation of Rachel's Law.

FOX 13 has learned Jamie was facing charges for passing bad checks. But days before her death, the case against her was dismissed.

"It's a tragedy that should never have happened, because safety is the number one feature of Rachel's Law, and obviously something wasn't done right," Irv Hoffman said.

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