'He was my hero.' Family mourns man fatally shot during east Orange County home invasion

ORLANDO, Fla. — Family members of 20-year-old Alex Correa could not contain their shock and agony after learning he was gunned down during a home invasion Monday afternoon.

"You're not supposed to bury your own child," said William Correa, the victim's father.

The shooting occurred around 4:30 p.m. at a house along Port Simbor Avenue, which is southwest of the intersection of University Boulevard and State Road 417, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

William Correa sped up to Orlando from Miami when he found out Alex had died.

Alex, an Aloma High School student, lived at the home with his mother, Stacy Deligne.

"This kid was a good kid. And not because he was my son. This child had a great heart and helped everyone," said Deligne.

Deligne said he helped her and everyone who was in the house at the time of the home invasion when he stopped four intruders from making it any further than they did.

"My son was a homebody. He came home, school and work," said Deligne. "This was random."

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Orange County Fire Rescue took  to Florida Hospital East in critical condition, where he later died, deputies said.

"He was my hero and I will always have him in my heart," she said.

Neighbors said they were shocked by the violence in their neighborhood.

"This is a quiet neighborhood by and large, and we don't usually see any activity like this whatsoever," neighbor Ross Brackin said.

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Deputies said several people were home at the time of the shooting.

The investigation is still active.

Officials did not say if they are looking for a suspect.

"There are some solid leads and that's really all I can tell you at this point," said Lt. Kenneth Parker with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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