Veteran dead after confronting car thieves

St. Petersburg, Florida -- A veteran who served 20 years in the Army was killed not on the battlefield, but in the driveway of his own home as police say he tried to stop two people from stealing his car.

On Thursday, police say somebody broke into 53-year-old Floyd Lassiter's home, stealing numerous things, including his car keys. On Saturday morning, two people then tried to steal his car.

It's hard for Larry Casto to hold back the tears when talking about Lassiter, who was his employee at Crown Eurocars. He learned just hours ago that Lassiter was tragically killed.

"Something like this you read about and wonder why someone so good loses his life," said Casto.

Police say Lassiter, a man who loved his family, friends, and the game of football, died after being shot multiple times after confronting two people trying to steal his car early Saturday morning.

"We want to be safe in our neighborhoods," said neighbor Alex Cook.

Cook said Lassiter's murder is sad but not shocking. "There was a murder a couple of weeks ago down the street," he said.

Cook said something needs to change. "Maybe have more police patrols," he said.

For now, family and friends have to come to terms with the fact that Lasiter, a father and husband who found the good in everybody, is now gone because of some bad people.

"You couldn't find a better person and he gets killed," said Casto.

St. Petersburg police are asking anyone with any information on this case to call police.

Lassiter would have been 54 years old in two weeks.


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