Seminole Heights murder victim laid to rest

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It wasn't a day anyone was looking forward to."You never said you were leaving, you never said goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knew why," one woman said.

 

Family and friends leaning heavily on their faith, celebrating the life of Ronald Felton.

 

The 60-year-old was gunned down by a killer in Seminole Heights on November 14th.  He was walking to volunteer at a local food pantry.  Tampa Police think Felton was the latest victim of a serial killer plaguing the community.

 

"It does not matter who lurks on the outside, as long as you have God on the inside,” said Rev. Dr. Glen B Dames from Allen Temple AME Church.  “If you have God on the inside you don't fear those who can destroy the body."

 

Words of hope in a time of tragedy.  Loved ones comforted by memories of Felton and his passion for helping others.

           

"He been a brother, he been a friend, and my best moments, man, he been there for me,” one man said.  “I'm truly gonna miss him."

 

"If you knew him you seen his caring service, he was the superman of service,” said another man.  “I was the supervisor at the food bank, but he was the one in charge."

 

The pain is still fresh, but family members say they're not mad at the person who took Felton’s life.

 

"If you got a heart, please turn yourself in, that's all we want," Felton’s twin brother, Reggie Felton, said.

 

"I know he will be caught one way or another,” said Linda Cunningham, Felton’s sister.  “Either man's gonna catch him, or God's gonna take care of him."    

 

In this time of darkness, people are banding together.  Felton's family urges everyone to take precautions to avoid the heartache they're feeling.

           

"You guys need to protect your family members, you need to stay safe, and you need to make sure you're making smart decisions when you're stepping out in that area," Felton’s niece, Nikesha Felton said.

 

The reward is up to $110,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

 

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