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Church renamed food bank in memory of Seminole Heights victim

60-year-old Ronald Felton was murdered in November
Posted: 10:30 PM, Mar 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-16 23:16:40-04

TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa church renamed its food bank after one of the Seminole Heights victims.

Tampa Police say 60-year-old Ronald Felton was murdered in November while walking to New Season Apostolic Ministries on North Nebraska Avenue around 5 a.m.

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The church's pastor, Samuel Washington, says they just unveiled a plaque on Thursday dedicated to the long-time food bank volunteer. The plaque reads, "In Memory of The Superman of Service."

Felton had volunteered for more than 10 years at the church. 

His family said it was difficult to return to the spot where Felton was murdered, but they wanted to see the new plaque.

"It was real hard, but I got to face it now. He's gone. I can't bring him back," said Reginald Felton, Ronald's twin brother.

The family did not want to talk about Felton's accused killer sitting behind bars.

"What happened was a shock to all of us, you know, but justice will be served," said Gloria Felton, sister-in-law.

The family only wanted to talk about the church's generous gesture.

"Ah, it's beautiful. He deserves it, every bit of it. It's beautiful," said Gloria.

The church is still carrying on Felton's passion for helping people. They are feeding about 200 families a week every Tuesday and Friday.

"I appreciate the Pastor did this for my brother and he did a good job. I love him for that," said Reginald Felton.

The newly-named Ronnie Felton Food Pantry will hold a community BBQ and canned food drive on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Church leaders will also be accepting donations for a scholarship in Ronald Felton's name.