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Good Samaritan murdered in cold blood in Florida

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There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the person who murdered a Good Samaritan in cold blood.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said deputies found the body of Carlos Cruz next to a car Saturday night in Deltona.

Investigators believe the Army veteran and husband of 34 years offered to help a driver who crashed into a ditch near his home. Deputies said Cruz brought his pickup truck to help pull the car out of the ditch when someone shot him to death and stole his truck.

Cruz has a brother-in-law with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office who said it's in his nature to help.

“If you needed something and he had it, he would give it to you,” said VCSO’s Edgar Burgos. “Knowing him, I bet he went over there to see if they needed help.”

“We owe it to Mr. Cruz and his family to find the ruthless, cold-blooded killer or killers who took his life,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said after authorizing the $10,000 reward. “It takes a special kind of evil to gun down a stranger who is only trying to help you. And anyone who knows something and stays silent is complicit in this heinous act.”

Call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS if you have any information. You will remain anonymous.

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