|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1992, Colombia|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 2011|
SLIPKO, Tyler James Hanratty, Tarpon Springs, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Bayfront Medical Center. Born Oct. 3, 1992 in Bogota, Columbia, he is survived by his mother Lynn Hanratty; one sister Kelly Slipko (Justin Pawlicki, fiancé); his Nana Lillian Hanratty; father Larry Slipko; several uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends. Tyler attended East Lake High School, loved life, his music, the occasional pick-up game of hoops, and a commitment to a fitness regimen. A Mass celebrating his life will be held 7 pm, Aug. 6, 2011 at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL 33756. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations be made to either the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, 1225 Eye St NW Suite 1100, Washington, D. C. 20005 (bradycampaign.org) or to St. Cecelia Church.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 27, 2011
Teen charged with first-degree murder
OLDSMAR – An Oldsmar teen was arrested and charged with first-degree murder July 24 in connection with the death of another teen.
A citizen walking his dog found a Tarpon Springs man bleeding and unconscious just after 6:30 p.m. July 21 in a wooded area at the south end of Gray Bark Drive in Oldsmar. Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives identified the injured man as Tyler James Slipko, 18. Slipko was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.
The sheriff's office announced the afternoon of July 24 that Slipko had died. Diamonte Weatherspoon, 16, of Oldsmar was arrested, accused of murdering Slipko.
According to the sheriff's report, Slipko's family and friends said he was last seen about 2 p.m. July 21 in a 1994 two-door Toyota Camry, champagne in color, with Florida tag 721-DKS. The vehicle, which belonged to a family member, was missing and considered stolen.
Detectives are not releasing many details about the homicide because it is still an open active investigation. However, they are saying Weatherspoon shot Slipko, took his vehicle and left him for dead. Witnesses who know Weatherspoon say this was not a random act of violence. Weatherspoon and Slipko were acquainted.
Detectives arrested Weatherspoon July 24 at the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center where he was already being held for theft of a firearm. Detectives also recovered the 1994 Toyota Camry that Slipko was last seen driving. Witnesses also told detectives they had seen Weatherspoon driving the victim's vehicle after the shooting.
The investigation continues.
Article published on Sunday, July 24, 2011
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