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Homicide suspected

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By Alice Du Pont

 

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Law enforcement authorities from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and the Quincy Police Department are looking for information in the Nov. 2 homicide of 49-year-old Curtis Anderson at Triple Oaks Apartments in Quincy.

 

The death was ruled suspicious after deputies found Anderson dead in his home around 12:20 p.m. following a 911 call. The apartment and a wooded area nearby were searched and combed for hours by local authorities and agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

 

While no suspect has been named, there are a number of leads the GCSO say they are following up. No other information had been released as of press time.

 

Anderson’s brother, W.D. Kenon, who was at the scene Friday afternoon said Anderson’s death is hard to believe. 

“I don’t know what to say right now. It’s like it’s a dream, like it’s not real. Man, he was just a good dude,” he said.

 

Ilillian Kenon, Anderson’s mother, echoed his sentiments several days later.

 

“I had 15 children; three are dead, but out of all of my children, he was the best one,” she said. 

 

Affectionately called “Pig” by close friends and relatives, many people said he was a man with a big heart who cared about people and would do anything he could to help almost anyone. Some people near the apartment after the body was discovered said they thought the motive could have been robbery.

 

“Just to show you what kind of person he was, every month he sent $450 to Feed The Children just like it was a monthly bill. He would say that those children can’t help themselves,” said a cousin.

Anderson was formerly employed at Gargiulo (a tomato-packing warehouse) for more than 10 years, where Beth Corder said he was well liked by management and fellow employees.

 

“While he worked there, he really was one of my favorite people, very kind, helpful and generous,” she said.

The father of four was a 1981 graduate of James A. Shanks High School. The funeral service for Anderson will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. James A.M.E. Church, 514 S. 11th Street, Quincy. A wake will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Bradwell Mortuary on U.S. Highway 90 West.

 

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office at 850-627-9233 or Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS (8477).