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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-125

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 9, 2015
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    Three people were discovered deceased within the home.
    • Saturday
    • March 7, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 18301 Sturbridge Court
    • Tampa


    Sofia Kefalas, DOB: 9-12-62

    Bessie Kefalas, DOB: 5-23-29

    Vasilios Tsioros, DOB: 11-28-48

    18301 Sturbridge Court


    On March 7, 2015 at approximately 11:35 p.m. deputies responded to a 911 call from a co-worker of Sofia Kefalas. The co-worker had gone to the residence to check on Sofia when she did not show up for work at the Wineberg Village Assisted Living Facility. When no one answered the front door, the co-worker went to the back of the house and was able to see the deceased individuals through a door. The co-worker then called 911.

    Deputies as well as EMS responded and deputies forced entry into the residence to check on the individuals. EMS evaluated each individual and confirmed that they were deceased. Deputies then notified detectives, who responded to the scene. Detectives obtained a court authorized search warrant to gain entry into the house to begin their investigation.

    Preliminary investigation indicates that the incident to be a murder/suicide. A handgun was also found at the scene. It appears that Vasilios shot his mother-in-law and sister-in-law and then himself.

    On March 8, 2015, Hillsborough County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy, but results are pending toxicology.
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