Family and friends hold vigil for murder victim burned alive

10:31 PM, May 7, 2010   |    comments
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Brandon, Florida-- Friends and family of murder victim Robert Brewer gathered for a candlelight vigil Friday evening, near the site where investigators found his burned body earlier this week.

Hillsborough Sheriff's detectives say the 26-year-old on Monday met up with three men to buy drugs at the Westfield Brandon Mall and later went back to an apartment to party and drink. Around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, detectives say one of the men began stabbing Brewer multiple times, before he was stuffed in a duffle bag, doused with gasoline and set on fire while still alive.

(Read more about the murder of Robert Brewer here.)

On Wednesday, Brewer's mother, Lynn Colicci, acknowledged her son had a drug problem, but said he did not deserve to die.

"He was so loving and so polite, so articulate," said a tearful Colicci, just hours after learning the news about her son's death. "They tortured him and they said he was burned alive. He wasn't even dead when they set him on fire."

(Watch more of Lynn Colicci's tearful interview here)

The vigil was scheduled for 7:30 Friday night at the Florida Orthopedic Institute, located at 305 East Brandon Boulevard. That's where detectives found Brewer's body in a garbage dumpster, just blocks away from the apartment where the three suspects lived.

Two men, Kasey Ackerman and Brendan Terry, both 20 years old, are charged with first degree murder in the case. A third man, 18 year old David Link, is charged with accessory to murder for his alleged role in disposing of the body.

Beau Zimmer, 10 Connects News

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