OVERNIGHT: Tarpon Springs Murder

OVERNIGHT: Tarpon Springs Murder

There are 135 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Aug 21, 2007, titled OVERNIGHT: Tarpon Springs Murder. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

Tarpon Springs Police and Pinellas County detectives are investigating a murder at the Riverside Apartment Complex at 1586 Bridgewater Drive.

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Judy

United States

#21 Nov 13, 2007
Questions wrote:
Anyway you try to spin it Michael Steele was looking to buy drugs...to sell on the streets...he wasn't carrying $1000 in his pocket to get in the produce business.
Sorry for your loss mom, but the drug world is a tough place. There are now two criminals that are off the streets is the way I look at it.
I guess you've never done anything wrong not even a speeding ticket perhaps. True enough the drug world's a tough business but everybody is going to pay to pay the price for their involvement in My son's death one way or the other.
Judy

United States

#22 Nov 13, 2007
Michael was young stupid and had no idea of how the world worked in dealing with drugs he came from a small town in Alabama. He was to trusting. I did everything I could to protect him from the evils of this world. But now the evils took him away from me and I have to pay a debt to those evils. I think it's called REVENGE!
Judy

United States

#23 Nov 13, 2007
chickensandwhich wrote:
that's just stupid. where's the beef?
What's stupid besides your name?
Judy

United States

#24 Nov 13, 2007
Questions wrote:
Anyway you try to spin it Michael Steele was looking to buy drugs...to sell on the streets...he wasn't carrying $1000 in his pocket to get in the produce business.
Sorry for your loss mom, but the drug world is a tough place. There are now two criminals that are off the streets is the way I look at it.
The way I look at it if there was not a market he could not sell the produce. Anyway you spin it the price for murder is high.
Judy

United States

#25 Nov 20, 2007
I miss Michael more and more everyday.
Judy

United States

#26 Nov 24, 2007
Waiting on justice for all involved.
Judy

United States

#27 Dec 1, 2007
Michael Scott Steele you are missed more thn words could ever began to say.
Joe

Clearwater, FL

#28 Dec 1, 2007
I feel bad for your loss because losing someone through murder is so sad. But, your son did have a responsibility to both himself, his family, and society in general, to stay out of trouble. Basically, this situation is about responsibility. People do not want to take responsibility for their actions. If you hang out with low lives, then you have to expect bad things to happen sometimes. Your son could have used the thousand dollars that he had for some kind of job skills training that could have lead to a decent paying job, instead of using it to enrich the scum who only cause misery in our society. Encourage your other sons to stay away from drugs, and from those who would lead them down the wrong path. That is YOUR responsibility. I hope you find your answers.
Judy

United States

#29 Dec 2, 2007
My son had a job as a matter of fact he had started a pool cleaning service there. I understand the fact he had no business trying to do this but I guess thAt's what the schools try to teach about PEER pressure. And I take my responsibilities very serious. All four of my children had the opportunity to go to college. 2 chose to continue their education 2 did not. Moving to fl. was a big mistake for him.
Florida

Bradenton, FL

#30 Dec 2, 2007
Don't blame your son's problem on Florida, moving into the world of crime was your son's big mistake.

Schools are there to teach reading writing and arithmatic; peer pressure is something that parents should educate their children about.
Judy

United States

#31 Dec 2, 2007
No matter how much education it's easy when you are some where and you are trying to fit in you go along with what friends are doing. As I said Florida was a big mistake so was the girl he went there with. Trusting people and thinking he had friends was a big mistake. I'll live with the fact everyday that I did not have Craig Neel investigated when Michael told me how good he was to him. Well good friends don't set you up with drugs or with a person like Robbie knowing his background. Michael was raised in church and he knew he had a Mother and father who loved him and would die for him. He should have never been in that position.
Florida

Bradenton, FL

#32 Dec 3, 2007
Choices have consequences...Michael Steele wasn't a child he was an an adult...his lack of ethics, got him killed...a lot of good being "raised in the church did"...Quit blaming his death on Florida.
Judy

United States

#33 Dec 3, 2007
Florida wrote:
Choices have consequences...Michael Steele wasn't a child he was an an adult...his lack of ethics, got him killed...a lot of good being "raised in the church did"...Quit blaming his death on Florida.
You have no idea about his ethics but since you are so intelligent and YOU know all about ethics I'm sure you are an all around good guy. That will raise children that will have no problems. If you're lucky maybe you will never feel this sadness I feel.
Judy

United States

#34 Dec 5, 2007
Florida wrote:
Choices have consequences...Michael Steele wasn't a child he was an an adult...his lack of ethics, got him killed...a lot of good being "raised in the church did"...Quit blaming his death on Florida.
I think it was more of his lack of being raised around an environment such as he was in (Florida) Bridgewater dr., Robbie, and Craig.
Judy

United States

#35 Dec 7, 2007
Florida wrote:
Choices have consequences...Michael Steele wasn't a child he was an an adult...his lack of ethics, got him killed...a lot of good being "raised in the church did"...Quit blaming his death on Florida.
Compared to Robbie Maniatis Michael was a child. He didn't have knowledge gangs, and the type of violence and lifestyle Robbie was accustomed to and if The POLICE IN FLORIDA had kept Robbie in Jail on Aug. 5 maybe my son would be alive. But seems like gangs and violence is a way of life there. Robbie was let back on the street to continue terrorizing the neighborhood in which he and his family lived.
Florida

Bradenton, FL

#36 Dec 7, 2007
Michael Steele's activities led to his early demise, not the state of Florida.
Judy

United States

#37 Dec 7, 2007
The state of Florida is consumed with drugs, gangs, and violence. Law enforcement there and the court system should have kept Robbie Maniatis off the streets with his violent behavior. They have a responsibility to citizens and they did not fulfill their obligations therefore the state of florida is not a safe place to live.
Florida

Bradenton, FL

#38 Dec 7, 2007
Murder rate/100k for the past 11 years.

Alabama = 7.97

Florida = 5.91
Judy

United States

#39 Dec 7, 2007
Michael is 26 years old today. My heart is so heavy. Born prematurely on this day in 1981 and taken prematurely on Aug 20, 2007. Michael was not ready to die and we were not then and are not now ready to let him go.
Judy

United States

#40 Dec 13, 2007
Murdered on August 20, 2007.

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