James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, had been staying with one of the men’s extended family in Longboat Key, ‘Florida USA‘ – a well-heeled island town known for its white sand beaches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Their bodies were found 12 miles away from there at 3am on Saturday, lying in the road in the Newtown district of North Sarasota, they had been shot.
Police said they had their suspicions as to why they were there but it would be unfair to state them they added that neither of the men were in possession of drugs, but would not say whether they had cash or weapons.
Friends described them as kind and innocent people.
On April 19th 2011 a local 16-year-old boy was charged with their murder.
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