Florida is a place of strangely dualistic nature, even among killings committed by its teens. Just today we reported on the tragic killing of a 13-year-old in Homestead, the result of a playing-with-guns incident gone wrong.
That, while almost simultaneously, about 100 miles away in Cape Coral, another 13-year-old was stabbing a homeless man to death in the woods.
The 51-year-old Thomas A. Bergstrom was found dead in his 20-by-20 “home” — a ramshackle arrangement a quarter-mile from Pine Island Road, made of old pallets and blue tarps — by a non-homeless neighbor named Anthony Cashdollar. Cashdollar went by Bergstrom’s abode hoping to take him out to ride his dirt bike.
(Cashdollar revisiting the scene.)
Instead, he found the man laid out on the floor at the foot of his recliner. Cashdollar describes the greusome scene, replete with detail on Bergstrom’s congealed blood and the flies buzzing around his open mouth.
The homeless Bergstrom was described as “a good person, always smiling and laughing.” Cashdollar describes him as,
“One of the best men I’ve ever met. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.”
Bergstrom’s killer was allegedly a 13-year-old named Yoel Munoz, pictured below.
Police said that Munoz had gone missing for approximately an hour, late at night on the 30th of June. The body was discovered at almost noon on this past Saturday. It appears Munoz entered the camp specifically to kill the Bergstrom, who died of multiple stab wounds.
They haven’t said exactly what evidence was found “on and near the scene” which led them specifically to Munoz, but it’s probably fair to assume that at the very least they found the murder weapon with Munoz’s prints on it.
They arrested Munoz at his home today on charges of second degree murder and burglary, a result of his entering Bergstrom’s camp with the intent of committing a crime. He’s being detained, and no bond has yet been set. Police have yet to decide whether or not he’ll be tried as an adult, but given Florida’s history in such matters, it’s likely he will.
Munoz is being represented by a public defender…though, given the cold satisfaction in his expression, Bergstrom’s 13-year-old killer doesn’t seem unduly perturbed by the notion.
h/t: News Press