3 arrested in murder of Coral Springs firefighter in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

NEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — Authorities have arrested three men in connection to the fatal shooting of an off-duty Coral Springs firefighter, and the trio will face first-degree murder charges.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Lantana Police took 19-year-old Torrey Holston into custody in Palm Beach County on Thursday.

Detectives said Holston was the gunman in the shooting that claimed the life of Coral Springs-Parkland Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Randazzo.

Officials said 20-year-old Jose Garcia Romero and 31-year-old Marco Rico were also arrested in connection to the shooting. Detectives said they were accomplices to the crime.

All three suspects will face charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy. Officials said all three of them were fleeing an attempted murder in Palm Beach County.

Randazzo’s body was found at a beach resort along El Mar Drive in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Saturday morning.

Officials later ruled the death a homicide.

Despite BSO officials saying they were holding off on releasing names and details of the case to preserve the integrity of the investigation, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony still announced a break in the case at Randazzo’s funeral, Thursday.

Tony confirmed investigators had identified four suspects and had taken two of them into custody. The room erupted in cheers.

At the time, officials did not elaborate on the sheriff’s comments.

Loved ones at Randazzo’s funeral described the victim as someone who wanted to give back and dreams of becoming a firefighter.

“He was just a very special soul … When he found out that he was going to become a firefighter, it was like a California monster storm fire that we’d never seen before,” said his uncle, Jimmy Randazzo, “and he felt as though he’d hit the lotto.”

Deputies said there are two other people involved in the case, but they are currently not facing any charges.

 

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