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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-144 (17-140)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 3, 2017
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    Suspect Is Charged With Second Degree Murder

    Deputies responded to a person on fire in the backyard of a vacant home.
    • Thursday
    • March 30, 2017
    • Time: 8:46 AM
    • 12015 North Oregon Avenue
    • Tampa, Florida

    Update April 2, 2017:

    Suspect Sigfredo Espinel wanted in connection with the homicide of Jose Zarragoitia turned himself in to authorities. Espinel is charged with 2nd Degree Murder.


    Sigfredo Espinel
    DOB: 4/15/1999
    927 Hidden Drive
    Lakeland, Florida

    Deceased:

    Jose E. Zarragoitia
    DOB: 8/16/1993
    911 East Lotus Avenue
    Tampa, Florida

    Details (Previous News Release):

    On March 30, 2017, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies received a call that a person was on fire in a backyard located at 12015 North Oregon Avenue. Deputies responded and located the person deceased.

    Detectives have positively identified the deceased person as Jose Zarragoitia, age 23. The investigation continues.
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