JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The brother-in-law of a 25-year-old man found dead on an East Arlington road on Saturday morning says whoever killed him must have been waiting for him.
Jose Enrique Pabon-Caballero's body was found in the middle of North Kernan Boulevard near Ashley Melisse Boulevard, just five miles from where he lived. Police initially believed his death was the result of a hit-and-run, but later determined it was not.
They have not said how he died, but are actively looking for his killer.
Pabon-Caballero's brother-in-law said Pabon-Caballero's life was threatened last month. He said a man told him he was going to kill him for having an ongoing relationship with his wife.
The victim's brother-in-law said the killer must have been "waiting for him."
Police are looking for a black SUV (pictured, below) they consider a suspect vehicle. It was seen pulling into Waterleaf Elementary School on Kernan Road about 7:30 a.m. Police said they located another vehicle that they were searching for that was somehow involved in the crime.
Several people came to Pabon-Caballero's aid after he was dumped out of a car onto Kernan Boulevard, including an off-duty St. Johns County paramedic who tried to revive him with CPR.
Al Warner, who lives nearby, was one of the first people to come across Pabon-Caballero.
"I couldn't tell if he had been shot. My first reaction was that he had been hit by a car," Warner said. "When I got there, it was clear, and even though I don't have any medical experience, I could tell this man was very hurt and it did not look good."
Anyone who has any information about Pabon-Caballero's death is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
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