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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-741

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 23, 2018
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Deputies discovered the victims with upper body trauma.
    • Tuesday
    • October 23, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • 14610 N 42nd Street
    • Tampa, Florida

    Victim 1:

    Juan Luis Hernandez, II

    Victim 2:

    Michael Edward Kurz


    HCSO received a 9-1-1 call around noon today concerning two deceased males at 14610 N 42nd Street, apartment 307, near New Tampa. Upon arrival Detectives found   Juan Luis Hernandez and Michael Edward Kurz with upper body trauma. This appears to be an apparent Murder/suicide. Hernandez is Kurz' stepson and both live at the incident address.

    There are no prior calls for service at this address involving the individuals in this case. The family had recently moved to the area from St. Petersburg. Next of kin has been notified.

    "Today we are saddened to report another senseless loss of lives as the result of family violence," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "We encourage anyone who is in need of crisis intervention to call The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. They can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing 2-1-1."

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