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One Victim in Triple Murder Was Affiliate of Bloods Gang

Tampa Tribune via YellowBrix

December 30, 2009

BRANDON – One of three men slain at a Brandon home this morning is affiliated with the Bloods street gang, Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies say.

Authorities say Bloods member Tony Black, 22, was found dead in the back yard of 507 S. Oakwood Ave. along with Vincent Thomas, 22, and Rafael G. Guadalupe, 21. Ralph Arroyo, 21, was assaulted but survived and approached deputies when they arrived.

The sheriff’s office has not confirmed if the other victims had gang ties.

Friend Juan Maisonet said he was not aware that Thomas was involved in gang activity and appeared to be a family man who would do anything for his two children.

“He was a hard-working man,” said Maisonet said. “I don’t know what kind of people will do this to him.”

The motive for the slayings is possibly gang-related, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee said.

“I’m told some of these people may have been involved in gang activity, and if that is true, it may shed some light on what happened,” said Gee.

The HCSO gang unit is assisting the investigation, according to Maj. Donna Lusczyinski, who called that assistance routine in homicide cases.

The homicides were a result of a dispute between the victims and the suspects, said Debbie Carter, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman. The relationship between the victims and suspects isn’t known, she said.

Maisonet has known Thomas and his family for two years and lived across the street from them in Tampa. He and other friends drove to Thomas’ home in Brandon when they learned of the killings.

He and others were visibly upset and consoled themselves as they gathered information from a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy parked in the driveway of Thomas’ red and white house.

“I just feel like going somewhere and crying to myself,” Maisonet said.

Deputies said a member of Thomas’ family called deputies around midnight Monday after hearing shots being fired. Thomas lived in the home.

Deputies said Thomas and Black had been shot; Guadalupe had been stabbed.

Authorities said multiple suspects pulled up in a red Mustang and went into the backyard where they confronted the four victims. The car was recovered outside of Orlando.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    My thoughts are exactly what Whalewatcher said....vermin killing vermin......I probably would of used the word trash, but I think vermin is even better haha.

  • Hard_badge_002_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Just tears me apart..............Im over it now!

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 5 years ago


    Vermin killing vermin ...... I'm heartbroken !!!!

  • Cars---mater-02_max50


    over 5 years ago


    If we all got lucky they would all wipe each other out.

  • Image_max50


    over 5 years ago


    This is a first. Let them go at each others necks. It saves us tax payers money.

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Just like the illegal motor cycle gangs, they take it out on each other.........Simple and good!

  • 2011_pics_067_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Another incident of gang bangers killing each other. Its funny because they are always "good family man" or "good kids."

  • Blue_ine_max50


    over 5 years ago



  • Img_0933_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Ganger bangers killing each other, wow there is something new. Well it saves the tax payers some money in this case. I was wondering how the hell could Thomas get a job with the Hillsborough County School District driving a bus with a record? Oh wait, it might have went to the distict's professional standards office, yeah, that must be it. What a joke. Someone dropped the ball here.

  • Img_0338_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Good, let them kill each other. Live by the gun, die by the gun...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Well let the gang-bangers do themselves... Save everyone else the aggravation.
    Thumbs up.

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 5 years ago


    This is one gang banger who won't be killing any one any more. Really, I'm hiding the pain! LOL!

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