Detectives receive more tips since releasing new Seminole Heights video

Neighbors trying to find normalcy in the community

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS, Fla. - Tampa Police detectives have received more than 1,000 tips since, their Seminole Heights investigation began 3 weeks ago.

Authorities said a killer or killers targeted 3 people in southeast Seminole Heights. The victims were alone and were murdered at night. Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan said they believe the murders are connected.

Late last week, detectives released new surveillance video of a person of interest in the case. The person has not been identified, but that day detectives received 144 tips. It's the highest number of tips they have received in a single day.

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"I would certainly like to catch this person," said Steve Zinder  who is the incoming president of the Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association. "People are still on edge a little, but we’re starting to get to a little bit of normalcy, which on some level is good and on some level we need to keep this fresh in our mind because the threat is still there."

Many people are trying to live their lives despite knowing the murders have not been solved.

"You can’t let things like that, you know, dictate how you live your life everyday," Eugene Zajac said.

He is not giving in.

"Once you do that, they won...pretty much," Zajac said.

On Facebook, neighbors said they are having some trouble getting pizza delivered in the area. We have reached out to Papa John's and we are waiting for a comment.

Looking ahead, Taste of the Heights is on Sunday. Zinder said about 1,000 people are expected to attend.

"This is such a celebration of our neighborhood that everybody wants to go forward with it," Zinder said.

The event is during the day, but the association wants to make sure people get home safe because it is Daylight Saving Time. 

"We're going to attempt to have a lot of Uber drivers to drive people home in the neighborhood and all the volunteers in the area will help do that as well," Zinder said.

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