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Murder victim's family calls him a good man, father

Brandon, Florida - The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office is looking for two men who gunned down a Brandon man in his apartment as his family slept.

Deputies say they are working several leads, but are still asking for the public's help in solving the murder of 49-year-old Leon Davis, a man who is loved and respected by his family and friends.

"Why do it?" asks his niece, Jerica Cohen "Why have to take his life? He is such a good person. He didn't drink or hang out. He was always working, loved his kids. They didn't deserve to take his life."

Leon is a father of seven kids and he lived in an apartment in Brandon with his three youngest children -- ranging from 1 to 7 years old -- and their mother.

Deputies say two men broke into the apartment after 3 a.m. Thursday as the family slept. The men shot Leon several times and left, taking nothing.

Hillsborough Sheriff Office spokesperson Larry McKinnon says, "Once the victim was shot, the mother grabbed their kids and hid in the bathroom. She called 911 and waited until the authorities got here."

Jerica says, "I don't know who could have one this. He didn't have any enemies."

While investigators determine a motive, Leon's family face their loss of a favorite uncle and sibling.

Henry Foster, Leon's brother says, "He had a terrific attitude. Very seldom did we see him get mad."

Leon is the sixth of 13 children. The oldest sibling, Foster, says he wants answers.

"I'm angry," he says. "I'm angry and I want to know why they took a man's life away from his children. [They] didn't have to."

The family is very worried about Leon's 7-year-old daughter, and how this will impact her. She is named Leona after her father, and was in the house at the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers is at 1-800-873-TIPS. 


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