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Police Beat: Orlando has had four homicides so far in 2014

February 4, 2014

On Saturday, the fourth homicide of 2014 took place in Orlando. So far, all of this year’s homicides have been shootings.

On Feb. 1, officers from the Orlando Police Department responded to an 8 a.m. call in which sounds of gunfire were reported at Boggy Creek Road in Southeast Orlando. Upon arrival, they found 25-year-old Geraldo Castillo Torres shot to death inside of his car. Officers are treating it as a homicide.

According to his Facebook page, Torres was a Bayamon, Puerto Rico native who lived in Kissimmee. He had studied polysomnography (a type of sleep study) at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in Darien, Ill., and he worked as a sleep tech at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center.

Last month, three other men were shot and killed in Orlando. Anthony Q. Thomas, 50, was killed on Jan. 9 near Orange Blossom Trail in Northwest Orlando, and both Ricardo Sanes, 21, and Nathaniel Williams, Jr., 27, were killed on Jan. 16 in West Orlando — Sanes near South Kirkman Road and Williams on Mercy Drive.

Sgt. James Young, a media relations officer with OPD, said that at this time last year there had been three homicides. The murder rate dropped 30 percent between 2012 and 2013, but four of the 19 murders that took place in 2013 are still unsolved.

“These are never just numbers to us, each is a person,” Young said. “Our detectives work diligently to solve these cases and provide answers to the victims’ families.”

Here’s to hoping for continued diligence in 2014. Until then, anyone with knowledge of Torres’ demise can anonymously call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS and become eligible for a cash reward of $5,000.

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