In a tragic event that made national headlines, a man was brutally murdered
during his shift at a 7-Eleven in Hillsborough County. The man, who was
54 years old, was manning the shop alone when his attacker entered. Security
footage shows the attacker walking into the store and entering the restroom,
allegedly waiting for the store to empty of all but the clerk. At that
point, the attacker came out of the restroom and hid in an aisle. The
clerk did not suspect that anyone was still in the store.
As soon as the unsuspecting man walked by the aisle where the killer hid,
he attacked using a knife to stab the victim repeatedly. Security cameras
from the shop, which caught the whole bloody ordeal, show the killer stopping
to take a handful of lottery tickets before leaving the store where the
man lay bleeding. A few minutes after the attack, a frequent customer
was pumping gas when he found the clerk near death in the store. Although
he was rushed to the hospital, doctors were unable to save him.
Police apprehended three suspects within the following 12 hours. Two of
the young men are suspected accomplices and the last one is suspected
of committing the act. Investigators tracked their whereabouts using information
from the lottery tickets that were taken from the store and later cashed
by the suspects. There are no known links between the suspected killer
and the deceased victim, whose family is perplexed at why anyone would
want to kill or even hurt their loved one.
Since the incident happened at the man's place of employment and while
his shift was ongoing, his death qualifies a fatal workplace injury. Regardless
of the fact that the work environment was not necessarily to blame for
his death, the family of the victim may file with his employer in order
workers' compensation death benefits. According to Florida Statute 440.16, the employer is responsible
for funeral expenses up to $7,500 among other benefits that apply to on-the-job deaths.