Police: Longwood murder victim shot i...

Police: Longwood murder victim shot in back

There are 26 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 3, 2008, titled Police: Longwood murder victim shot in back. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Longwood Police say the man found dead on his porch Friday was shot in the back.

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John

Hamilton, Canada

#1 Mar 3, 2008
What POS would shoot an unarmed man in the back??? Betcha the bad guy had dreadlocks.
CSP

Orlando, FL

#2 Mar 3, 2008
Were the three suspicious men seen by witnesses reported to the police after the murder? If so, it's time for people to step up to the plate and report "suspicious" people before they commit crimes.
Mo Lubee

Orlando, FL

#3 Mar 3, 2008
John wrote:
What POS would shoot an unarmed man in the back??? Betcha the bad guy had dreadlocks.
Yeah, just like Timothy McVey, Ted Bundy and Jeffery Dahmer.
rockwell

Howey In The Hills, FL

#4 Mar 3, 2008
another idiot liberal. in this area you can expect the bad guys to be black and/or hispanic. accept the facts moron...
Mo Lubee wrote:
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Yeah, just like Timothy McVey, Ted Bundy and Jeffery Dahmer.
ALS

Tampa, FL

#5 Mar 4, 2008
Sam was a wonderful human being, he will be missed very much!! Now I hope that police find and punish the men or women who are responsible!!!!It sounds to me like it's someone he knew...if you have information, SPEAK UP!!
Jackie

Dunnellon, FL

#6 Mar 5, 2008
Sam was one of the kindest people I have ever known. He didn't deserve this.:( He will be missed very much. I miss you so much Sam and hope that the people who did this are caught and brought to justice!
Sky Lark Neighbor

Leesburg, FL

#7 Mar 5, 2008
Wow, I just learned today who Sam was. To me, he was the guy who walked around the neighborhood. I saw Sam when he first started walking and then one day I saw him and he lost a lot of weight. I often wanted to stop and tell him he looked great. The next time I saw him, he was zipping bye on a bike. Now, I won't have that chance. I'm gonna miss seeing him around.
Paul

Mount Vernon, MO

#8 Mar 6, 2008
Sky Lark Neighbor wrote:
Wow, I just learned today who Sam was. To me, he was the guy who walked around the neighborhood. I saw Sam when he first started walking and then one day I saw him and he lost a lot of weight. I often wanted to stop and tell him he looked great. The next time I saw him, he was zipping bye on a bike. Now, I won't have that chance. I'm gonna miss seeing him around.
Hey Sky Lark:
Thank you for your kinds words about our dear friend Sam Stiverson. I grew up with Sam in Missouri. During summers in high school, he also lived and worked with me on my family's farm. Right now, there are a whole bunch of heart-broken people in Missouri, mourning Sam's death. Shortly after Sam was murdered, I emailed an Orlando reporter and explained that Sam was the kindest, most gentle person I have ever known. Abraham Lincoln may have coined the phrase "with malice towards none," but Sam Stiverson lived and embodied that ideal to the bone. Whoever murdered Sam Stiverson killed one of the most gentle and kind and thoughtful and caring souls on the planet. And to you, Sky Lark Neighbor, my friend Sam would say that the next time you feel like saying something nice to a stranger, don't be shy; and, that while the world seems to be getting crazier and more dangerous, that the risk of making a new friend is still worth it. If you want to learn more about Sam, you can email me at [email protected] Make sure you identify yourself in the caption of your email as Sam's neighbor.
Paul

Mount Vernon, MO

#9 Mar 6, 2008
ALS wrote:
Sam was a wonderful human being, he will be missed very much!! Now I hope that police find and punish the men or women who are responsible!!!!It sounds to me like it's someone he knew...if you have information, SPEAK UP!!
Hi ALS:

Perhaps we need to start a "Sam Stiverson Fan Club." All the members could swap wonderful stories about Sam. I grew up with Sam. Your comment suggests that you knew Sam. I'd be interested to know how you knew him. Tonight (Thursday, March 5), there will be a memorial service for Sam in Sanford, FL. We're making a special effort to create a list of all Sam's friends and neighbors who will be attending the service, including their telephone numbers and email addresses, so all of his friends in Missouri might get a chance, in the future, to connect with all of Sam's friends in Florida. Also, Sam spent his last year in high school in Lafeyette, Louisiana, so we'll have charter members of Sam Stiverson's Fan Club from Louisiana, too.

I have a funny story to tell. I have a 3-year-old son. In the past year, my son has been wanting to talk more on the telephone. So every time 'Uncle Sam' would telephone our home this past year, Sam would ask for me to put the telephone up to my son's ear. And Sam and my son would speak for a moment. And everytime Sam would start the conversation with my son, I could hear Sam say (for my benefit, of course): "Hey little Paul, don't grow up to be like your daddy." Ha. That was Sam - always joking around.
Paul

Mount Vernon, MO

#10 Mar 6, 2008
Jackie wrote:
Sam was one of the kindest people I have ever known. He didn't deserve this.:( He will be missed very much. I miss you so much Sam and hope that the people who did this are caught and brought to justice!
Dear Jackie:

As I stated in my other replies, I would be interested in corresponding with any friend of Sam Stiverson's. I grew up with Sam in Missouri. I am an attorney in Springfield, Missouri. You may reach me at [email protected] I will be helping Sam's family get his home in order over the next few months so if you're ever near Sam's house and you see any car in his driveway with Missouri license plates, please feel free to drop in and say hello. I'll be there.
Duh

Mims, FL

#11 Mar 6, 2008
Mo Lubee wrote:
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Yeah, just like Timothy McVey, Ted Bundy and Jeffery Dahmer.
They just eat people,Duh...
Terry

AOL

#12 Mar 14, 2008
I worked with Sam in Lafayette,LA as well as for his Dad at Safety & Health Associates. Sam was a sweet kind soul. Even though I have not seen Sam in a very long time I will miss him. He and his family are in my prayers.
Lance

Dallas, TX

#13 Mar 15, 2008
Paul, It's wonderful your helping out Sam's family with his estate. Also great to hear your doing so well, sorry you couldn't make the 30th. It was the first time I had seen or talked to Sam in 25 years.
Visited him there in Orlando and it was good to re-connect with him. I miss him everyday and our get
togethers in KC will not be the same.
Chris Stiverson

AOL

#14 Mar 19, 2008
March 19, 2008
My mother called this morning and informed me arrest's have been made, she had just gotten off the phone with the detective, this will help everyone with a sense of closure, i dont know how you close losing a brother in such a senseless act, the world is full of people that will take a life for a pack of cigarettes, a few thousand dollars, Sam did not deserve this, his memorial service was full of his friends and family, it was surreal to me, i appreciate the stories that sam's friends shared, Sam was a very generous soul, he helped out everyone he could, Sam always had some business idea, i remember when my son and i were visiting him he had gumball machines, he had bowls of quarters every where, he told my son who was 4 or 5 at the time he could have as many quarters he could fit into his hands, my sons eyes lit up and gleemed as he filled his hands with maybe 4 dollars of quarters, this memory flashed back to me as we were at Sams house and there in the corner was a gumball machine, you will be missed big brother
Terry from Lake County

Eustis, FL

#15 Mar 19, 2008
Hi Chris,
I am so relieved to hear the news of the arrests. I posted a comment earlier but I guess I did it wrong because its not there. I was so glad I went to the service and met all of you. You are truely wonderful people. I have heard so many stories about all of you over the years, it was nice to finally meet you all. I only wish the circumstances would have been different. When I told my boys about Sam's death they were upset and sadened. Both of them remember Sam giving them their first sets of golf clubs back when they were 6 and 9. They are 18 and 21 now. I have been checking the internet everyday hoping to hear the news of an arrest. This, for what its worth, gives me some relief. If there is anything I can do for the family, please do not hesitate to ask.

Terry
Sams neighbor

Kissimmee, FL

#16 Mar 20, 2008
Sam was a good man! I have lived near him since he moved to skylark when I was just a kid. he was always a nice well guy and always kept an eye out for me and my house. I only wish I could have done the same for him. He will be missed! Unfortunatly i was unable to make the memorial service but I send all my reguards to his close friends and family! I hope they catch the lowlifes who did this to him!

Eric
NRA

Plano, TX

#17 Mar 20, 2008
THIS IS WHY....EVERY HOME NEEDS A HANDGUN FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION....FORGET LAW ENFORCEMENT........SHOOT FIRST...ASK QUESTIONS LATER!!!
Sams Neighbor

Kissimmee, FL

#18 Mar 21, 2008
NRA wrote:
THIS IS WHY....EVERY HOME NEEDS A HANDGUN FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION....FORGET LAW ENFORCEMENT........SHOOT FIRST...ASK QUESTIONS LATER!!!
I agree.. unfortunately thats what its come down to these days.. the Police can help solve the crime after its been committed but aren't always there to prevent it.
beast

San Antonio, TX

#19 Mar 21, 2008
free vern , truth and drama....
Jack

Orlando, FL

#20 Mar 21, 2008
Sam was not just a good person he was a great person. Sam was not the type of person you would have to ask for help if you ever needed it. If Sam noticed or heard of you needing help he would go out of his way to offer his help without you having to ask. He enjoyed helping others. I remember about a year ago coming into work when I worked for Sam. He had purchased a brand new pair of shoes for me. He did not buy those shoes because I needed or asked for them, or because I could not afford them. He had noticed my old worn out shoes starting to come apart and was concerned about my health. As he gives me the shoes he also takes the time to educate me on how important it is to have a good pair of shoes to avoid possible back problems in the future. I just happen to be wearing them right now. This is just one of many stories I can tell you about why this world was a much better place with Sam in it, and what a great person he was. It has been about 5 years since I first met Sam. He was one of my best friends and will never be forgotten. I have really enjoyed reading everyone's comments and look forward to returning to this site to read more. If you are already here reading this please take the time to post a comment of your own.

Love you Sam. Thanks for always looking out for me.

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