Veteran dies after confronting robbers - FOX 13 News

Veteran dies after confronting robbers

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - The crime scene tape has been removed, but the pain remains visible.

"I'm hurt and I know all of us over here on this street are hurt," said Marcea Mells-Wilson.

Marecea's tears fall for Floyd Lassiter.

"There wasn't one person that he didn't wave to or ask them if he could cut their lawn or do whatever. He was an all around person," she said.

Lassiter retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant with 20 years of service.

He moved back to his childhood home in St. Petersburg and raised a family with his wife.

"He has a daughter. He has a son and a wife. He has people that love him," said Marcea.

Police say he was gunned down outside his home off 25th Street South in St .Pete.

They say he tried to stop two robbers from stealing his car.

Officers said the second suspect was armed and shot Lassiter multiple times and then left.
Lassiter later died at the hospital.

Officers said on May 8th, Lassiter's home was broken into and his car keys were stolen.

"I'm just sad and angry," said Walt Lassiter, Sr.

Detectives researched a report of a burglary of the victim's residence that occurred on the 8th of May, 2014, in which keys to the victim's vehicles were stolen.

Floyd's older brother Walt said his younger brother followed in his footsteps and joined the army.
He told FOX 13 that his family is still in shock.

"He was always there... when he talked to us he would hug and say I love you bro, I love you. Every time he would come around he would say I love you," said Lassiter.

Floyd worked 14 years at Crown Eurocars in St. Pete.

"Truly it is like losing a brother. He did feel like part of your family he made it that way," said general manager Larry Casto.

Casto said Floyd was easily his best employee.

"He cared for everybody. He treated everyone equally, he was respectful, he was an unbelievable father," said Casto.

Floyd worked his way up to the job of parts manager.

Casto said he was dedicated to his job and his customers.

"It is bad enough that it happened, but if you knew Floyd, he has never had a bad word to say about anyone," he said.

Which makes the pain even greater for those who knew Floyd.

"It just hurts. For no reason should it have ever happened to anyone, let alone Floyd," said Casto.

St. Pete Police said they have no identifiable suspects at the time. Their investigation is ongoing.

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