Man killed in St. Petersburg home invasion robbery just 8 days after wife's death from lung cancer

10:41 PM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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Rick and Tory Shaw



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It's enough to turn your stomach. At 4:28 a.m., armed street punks busted into a St. Petersburg home. Inside were 41-year-old Richard Shaw and his 18-year-old son. What happened next is chilling.

The family's surveillance camera captured screaming, the sounds of a struggle, and then a gunshot. When it was over, Richard Shaw lay dead, and the thugs ran from the house after robbing the place.

Just 20 minutes prior, another home invasion took place just blocks away, involving similar suspects with a similar MO.  

Home owner Gregg Gordon, 51, was struck violently in the head, and his home was ransacked.

Cops say it's likely the crimes are connected.

This tragic turn of events is even more upsetting, as Shaw's wife, Tory, died last week after succumbing to lung cancer. She worked for more than a decade at Bayfront Medical Center, and today her memorial was held at Bayfront's chapel -- a memorial Shaw planned on attending. But it turned into a memorial for him as well.

Tonight, family and friends have come to the Shaw home with their condolences. Friends say the Shaws loved each other deeply and had a wonderful relationship, but neighbors suggest police should look at the lesser known acquaintances of the Shaw's two adult sons.

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