DELTONA, Fla. - A Volusia County neighborhood is remembering a veteran who was killed on Veteran’s Day while trying to do a good deed.
The search for his killer continues.
Deputies said Carlos Cruz, 60, was shot and killed in Deltona near Puritan Street while trying to help a stranded driver.
The former soldier offered to help a person whose vehicle was stuck in a ditch, but instead, deputies said he was shot and killed and the person he was trying to help stole his pickup truck.
The truck was later torched and left in Pine Hills.
“It’s crazy. I hope somebody can find the person that did that to Carlos,” said Cruz’s neighbor and friend of 13 years, Victor Mills.
Friends and neighbors stopped by his home Tuesday to leave flowers and cards.
“My heart is broken. He was a good guy,” Mills said.
Flowers and a card left outside the home today of the army veteran shot and killed while helping a stranded driver pic.twitter.com/f2bh4L83QX— Mike Springer WFTV (@mspringerwftv) November 14, 2017
Cruz’s family released a statement that said, in part, “Our family has been shaken by an incredibly painful loss; it all feels amazingly unreal. Our family has lost a man who made this world and this life so much more rich and beautiful just for being himself. We lost Carlos well before we should have, apparently because he was doing what came natural to him: helping out when he saw a need.”
Cruz leaves behind his wife of 34 years. His brother-in-law works for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
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