JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement following the Tampa Police Department’s announcement of the apprehension of a suspect in the Seminole Heights murders. The Governor visited Seminole Heights last week and has dedicated state law enforcement resources from the Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to assist the response of local law enforcement.

Governor Scott said, “I applaud the relentless effort of Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and every law enforcement officer who has worked around the clock and over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Our state is home to the world’s best law enforcement community, and on behalf of all Floridians, we appreciate their bravery and service.

“Last week, I visited Seminole Heights and saw firsthand the pain that these crimes have caused across the community. As a father and a grandfather, it is unimaginable what the families of these victims are going through. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them, and we will work to ensure that they receive the justice they deserve. In Florida, we have absolutely zero tolerance for this type of evil behavior and anyone responsible will be held to the fullest extent of the law.”

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