Man’s body found in­side burn­ing car at city park

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Linda Trischitta Staff writer

A man’s body was found in­side a burn­ing sedan Tues­day at Bi­cen­ten­nial Park in North Laud­erdale, the Broward Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.

Al­though sev­eral neigh­bors said they heard early morn­ing gun­shots, the sher­iff’s of­fice would not say what caused his death.

“It’s un­clear who this per­son is, why he was here and the cause of the fire, but [de­tec­tives] do have an indi­ca­tion it is a homi­cide and that’s how they are ap­proach­ing it,” Broward Sher­iff ’s spokes­woman Joy Oglesby said.

The park, at 6100 Kim­berly Blvd., west of State Road 7, is for young chil­dren and has a large lawn that leads to a canal. The car that caught fire was at the south side of the park park­ing lot where vis­i­tors en­ter the green space, and is next to the city’s op­er­a­tions cen­ter for its parks depart­ment.

After North Laud­erdale Fire Res­cue put out the blaze, “they found a man’s body in­side,” Oglesby said.

Neigh­bors said they were wak­ened by gun­fire. One res­i­dent com­plained about teens or young adults con­gre­gat­ing in the park’s park­ing lot and other cor­ners of the neigh­bor­hood.

“There are too many cars here late at night,” said Dal­las Joseph, who said he sees them when he re­turns home from his job as a cook. He thinks he heard an ex­plo­sion about the time in­ves­ti­ga­tors say the car fire took place.

His ten­ant, Anne Verne, said she heard gun­fire early Tues­day.

“I was in the mid­dle of sleep and heard at least two shots, I’m not sure on the time,” Verne said. “When I saw the po­lice lights it was 5 [a.m.].”

She de­scribed see­ing smoke and flames com­ing from the car, “and the fire­fight­ers go­ing around it...I told my sis­ter I heard the shots, and that it can’t be good.”

A block west of the park, Tif­fany Bryant said she and her hus­band are “late-night birds,” and were sit­ting out­side their home be­fore dawn. After they turned in, the cou­ple heard gun shots.

“I heard about two or three of them,” Bryant said. “We looked back out­side. We didn’t see any­thing but we heard a car squeal­ing off. Next thing you know we smell smoke.”

Later in the morn­ing when she got up to take their chil­dren to school, Bryant said she saw de­tec­tives in the park.

“I told my hus­band, ‘Bae, some­one was killed this morn­ing.’ It’s an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion for the fam­ily and the friends of the vic­tim. Be­ing shot and then burnt up is not a good thing, and my prayers go out to the fam­ily of the de­ceased.”

Oglesby would not con­firm if the vic­tim had been shot.

“The call came across as a ve­hi­cle on fire,” she said. “Of course the de­tec­tives at this point need any bit of in­for­ma­tion that they can get.”

The sher­iff’s of­fice asks any­one with home se­cu­rity video or in­for­ma­tion about the homi­cide to call De­tec­tive Kevin Fors­berg at 954-321-4200 or Broward County Crime Stop­pers at 954-493-8477. That or­ga­ni­za­tion ac­cepts anony­mous tips and pays up to $3,000 for in­for­ma­tion that leads to an ar­rest.

LINDA TRISCHITTA/STAFF

A body was found in this burnt car parked in a lot near the north en­trance of Bi­cen­ten­nial Park in North Laud­erdale on Tues­day. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death as a homi­cide.

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