Veteran Murdered On Veterans Day After Stopping To Help Stranger

A Florida man was murdered Saturday after he stopped to help somebody.

Deltona, FL – An Army veteran was gunned down on Saturday night as he tried to help a driver whose car was stuck in a muddy ditch, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.

A man called 911 at around 8 pm on Saturday. He said he was walking his dog when he noticed a car in the ditch, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

The caller told authorities he got a flashlight to see what was going on, and found a man lying in the ditch next to the car.

It was the body of 60-year-old Carlos Cruz Echevarria.

Investigators said the victim – known as Carlos Cruz to his friends and family – was shot and left to die.

Authorities said they believe Cruz was outside when he heard the car crash into the ditch, and that he went to see what happened.

After he discovered the vehicle was stuck, investigators said Cruz returned with his truck in order to pull the car back onto the roadway.

Sheriff Chitwood said Cruz was then shot, and his truck was stolen.

Just hours later, his torched pickup was found near Orlando.

“By all accounts this was a Good Samaritan that was killed while trying to help someone,” Sheriff Chitwood said.

Cruz’s brother-in-law, Edgar Burgos, is also an employee at the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

He said Cruz was honorably discharged after a “short stint” in the Army, and that he was always willing to help others, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

“He died on Veterans Day, helping somebody out,” Burgos said. “It’s tragic.”

On Monday, Sheriff Chitwood authorized a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of Cruz’s killer.

“We owe it to Mr. Cruz and his family to find the ruthless, cold-blooded killer or killers who took his life,” Sheriff Chitwood said.

“It takes a special kind of evil to gun down a stranger who is only trying to help you,” he said. “And anyone who knows something and stays silent is complicit in this heinous act.”

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I help people all the time, to think something like this could happen is shocking. I've helped push a car off a busy road in front of my school before, a similar situation, and to think what could have happened... it's shocking.


I always find it appalling when anyone who has served honorably in our military gets murdered by lowlife scum here at home - it takes courage to fight another country's military but it doesn't take courage to murder a good Samaritan.


I hope the Police catch the sewer rat that killed the kind and compassionate man. God bless this vet and I thank him for his service, although he is deceased, I thank him! Prayers to h I s family.


John Derbyshire warned against this. And National Review fired him for it.


Hope and pray they catch the punk