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Man who killed CCSO Detective paid tribute in apparent gang-related graffiti
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Man who killed CCSO Detective paid tribute in apparent gang-related graffiti

Man who killed CCSO Detective paid tribute in apparent gang-related graffiti
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Graffiti found on the Alligator Blvd home where Detective David White was shot and killed in Feb. 2012

Man who killed CCSO Detective paid tribute in apparent gang-related graffiti

A “major investigation” is now underway after a disturbing find at a Clay County home that has a big impact to the surrounding community.

The Sheriff’s Office responded early this morning to 4874 Alligator Blvd, where a woman called to say graffiti had popped up overnight.

“Pretty disturbing graffiti, some of the writings and symbols are Aryan Nation,” says Mary Justino with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

The most shocking, however, is the apparent tribute to a man who shot and killed a CCSO Detective at that home early last year.

“There is one part of the graffiti that said ‘R.I.P. Tedd Tilley’,” Justino says.

Tilley shot and killed Detective David White while White and his partner were performing a drug raid at the home. White’s partner was also shot, but survived. Tilley was killed by police gunfire.

Tilley was squatting in the home with several others at the time of the shooting.

“The home is completely boarded up, it’s in foreclosure, there’s no one who lives there,” she says.

CCSO Captain Barry Abramowitz tells me in addition to the criminal mischief problem from the graffiti, they are investigating potential gang ties.

“The bottom line is this is significant enough for us, because of the gang association, to do a major investigation and that’s what we’re doing,” Abramowitz says.

He says Tilley had a prior association with the Aryan Brotherhood.

“The Aryan Brotherhood does have a group of people here who does support them,” he says.

Speaking with known members and investigating Tilley’s tie to the group are both a part of their current investigation.

Abramowitz tells me the nature of the graffiti, which led them to believe likely gang activity, lead them to believe this is the most significant problem at the home since the drug raid and shooting, even though investigators have been called to that scene five times since.

WOKV obtained the reports for those incidents, dating back to March of 2012, when CCSO performed a property check when they were tipped off that the back door screen enclosure may have been tampered with. Later that month they performed a similar check when someone noticed plywood had been removed from the door of the boarded up house.

In April 2012, there was a suspicious vehicle parked close to the backyard and a possible person walking around the home as well. A suspicious person was again reported in June of last year, although deputies later reported it appeared to be a person with a lawn maintenance facility.

The final call was a property check in April of this year, when again the gates were reported to appear open and the back door was apparently tampered with.

Despite these ongoing problems, Abramowitz says neighbors in the immediate area aren’t at any increased risk of danger because of the recent probable gang activity.  Justino says, nonetheless, you should always be on the lookout and not hesitate to call the Sheriff’s Office if you witness ay suspicious activity.

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