Robert Thornsberry barely held back tears when talking about his best friend. The Land O' Lakes resident heard that sheriff's deputies had shown up along Pleasure Drive in Holiday and he thought it was too much of a coincidence, so he dropped by to find out that Ray Rossi, 56, had been killed along with his roommate.
"He was always a real good individual to be around because he'd make you smile and laugh all the time," Thornsberry said.
Rossi, a Navy veteran, lost a leg after a motorcycle crash. Thornsberry said he often came to help him get around or give him a few dollars for rent.
"He was stuck in this trailer for a long time so I helped him buy a truck to get him out a little bit," Thornsberry said. "I thought his life was turning around."
Pasco County Sheriff's investigators said Rossi's life came to an end early Saturday morning after an altercationat his mobile home involving 42-year old Christopher Amy of Holiday.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said Rossi and Jason Heintz, 39, were murdered around 3 a.m.
"It was a very brutal scene," Nocco said. "This is not a random act. It seems like there was some kind of argument."
12 hours later, Amy was found walking along Maybury Drive and arrested. He's charged with two counts of first degree murder.
Investigators haven't released details of what led to the murders, or how the victims were killed.
The medical examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.