British tourists shot dead in Florida

by William ASTON on April 19, 2011

Two British tourists have been shot dead while on holiday in Florida. Police believe the pair may have been driven to a crime-plagued area of town and ambushed.

James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25, were running away when they were both shot multiple times and left to die in a housing project known for gang activity and drug dealing. It is not believed that the two were trying to buy drugs at the time of their death, but that they accepted a lift back to their rented accommodation in Longboat Key but were taken to the housing estate instead.

The bodies were found 50 feet apart, lying on their backs, according to reports. Police say they were gunned down as they were trying to flee the scene. The two men were still in possession of all their money when they were found.

People living in the housing project told police that they had heard rumours that the two men, who both previously went to the University of Sheffield, had been attacked by a group of masked men who were trying to rob them. One witness said the gang were already waiting for the tourists when they arrived.

Police believe that the men were driven to the area of Newtown in north Sarasota as they did not have their own transport. They believe that the driver may have phoned ahead to get gang members ready for the ambush.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested a charged with the double murder. He was also arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon two weeks ago during an attempted armed robbery. He lives with his mother on the block where the two Brits were killed.


fabionjose April 19, 2011 at 8:46 am

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sian mccarroll April 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

this outrageous im sixteen and people need realise that the gun policy in america is just wrong people are shott all the time but most deaths from guns happen in america because they let them walk about with guns !!!!!

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