Gangs Suspected in Pieper/Veluz Murders
Posted by Childress on August 5, 2006
Police now suspect that a local gangster, Jeremy Hanson Henry, may be responsible for the deaths of Raymond Veluz and Derek Pieper, which I posted on a couple days ago. Here’s a report from the Tampa (FL) Tribune:
Long before Jeremy Hanson Henry became the suspect in the brutal shooting deaths of two teenagers in Trilby, he was a wanted man.
Dade City police have been looking for the 21-year-old reputed gang leader since early May, when he reportedly crashed through bushes outside a KFC in a rented car and led police on a high-speed chase for several blocks before he disappeared.
At the time, Henry was suspected of planning to rob the restaurant at gunpoint.
He’s been on the run ever since.
On Wednesday, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office identified Henry as a “person of interest” in the slayings of Raymond Veluz, 18, and Derek Pieper, 17, whose bodies were found early July 28 on a secluded country road in Trilby. Sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Tobin said Henry is a suspect in the slayings.
That morning, neighbors in the rural community northwest of Dade City told investigators they heard what sounded like firecrackers going off about 5 a.m. The bodies were discovered a short time later, side by side in the road.
Perhaps, as some commenters have said, these unfortunate kids were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It still hasn’t been reported why they went there at 5 a.m. I’ll follow the story and provide updates.