Family, detectives seek answers in Clearwater stabbing death - FOX 13 News

Family, detectives seek answers in Clearwater stabbing death

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

Friends and family of a man killed in Clearwater over the weekend gathered Monday to pass out fliers, hoping to get information leading to an arrest.

Jason Taylor Paul, 22, was stabbed to death in the road near the 100 block of Glenwood Avenue. His body was found just after midnight Saturday.

Detectives, volunteers and Paul's family members gathered Monday afternoon near the scene to get the word out about the investigation.

Loved ones say Jason Paul had his whole life ahead of him. They say the 22 year old was holding down two jobs, trying to save up enough money to go back to school.

"It's very hard. we're both very numb, as our whole family is. Jason was a wonderful young man and he was starting his life," said his mother Renee Langfritz. "He was getting ready to go to vo-tech school. Just extremely senseless. extremely."

Paul was riding his bicycle on his way home from work late Saturday night, when he was attacked. Detectives say he was stabbed in the upper body, then left to die alone in the dark, in the middle of the road along Glenwood Avenue, just a few steps from the neighborhood park where he played with his dog.

"We just don't understand it. we just really don't," said his father, John Langfritz. "He loved his work, loved his dog, was always here when he has free time with Marley, his dog. Playing in the dog park. He just kind of kept to himself."

Paul lived in the area, and investigators are hoping someone may have seen something to help catch his killer.

"A life has been lost. We're certainly pulling out all the stops, everything we can," said Clearwater police detective William Hodgson.

Investigators and volunteers went door to door Monday, passing out fliers and talking to people along Glenwood Avenue, who are clearly shaken by the murder.

"It's scary. It's scary. My 8 year old son plays out here. We go for walks in the morning. It's the first time something like this has happened," said Jill Wesley, who lives across the street from where Jason's body was found.

Wesley and her neighbors hope someone comes forward and helps investigators catch the killer quickly. Jason's parents hope so too.

"He was just a good kid. A really good kid. He was finally beginning to grow up and get his life together. He was a great kid," Renee Langfritz said.

Anyone with information can call the Clearwater Police Department Homicide Tip Line at 727-562-4422.

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