Three best friends were found slain in a “horrific scene” at a Florida lake after one of them called his father for help, authorities said.
Damion Tillman, 23, Keven Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins, 27, had planned to go night fishing Friday night at Lake Streety in Frostproof, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Grady Judd said they believe Tillman arrived first at the lake to go out on a catfish expedition.
When Rollins and Springfield arrived, they saw Tillman being beaten and were shot by the attackers, authorities said.
Rollins was still conscious when the attackers left and managed to call his father for help.
His father rushed to the lake about 10 minutes away, but forgot his cellphone in a scramble to help his son.
The father drove to a nearby convenience store, where the clerk called 911.
But by the time help arrived, all three men had died from their injuries, authorities said.
“This is a horrific scene,” Judd said Saturday at a news conference. “I’ve been to a lot of murder scenes in my life, and this ranks among the worst.”
Judd said they’re searching for the perpetrators, but don’t believe the triple murder was a random attack.
“You don’t just stumble upon somebody out here,” Judd said. “This is a dirt road, a clay dirt road, way out in the middle of what we call God’s country, on the way to a nice little fishing lake. It’s not like there’s a lot of people around here.”
With Post wires