Family asking for help to find man's killer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The family of a 63-year-old St. Augustine man shot to death in Arlington two months ago is begging for answers to who killed him and why.  

Roosevelt Fluellen Jr. was found shot to death July 28 inside the condominium he owned on Bert Road. Detectives are still investigating.

Fluellen had retired as a supervisor after 30 years at the state hospital in Baker County, then became the lead banquet server at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort.

He leaves behind a big family, including a son and six grandchildren. They want justice.

"My brother was an important part of the family; a very important part," his younger brother, Michael Fluellen, said. "He was the loving type of guy that would give you the shirt off of his back."

Roosevelt Fluellen's family and friends say he was just one of those guys you couldn't help but like.

"He bridged all gaps. He was the type of person that would walk into a crowd and everybody seemed to love him," the victim's best friend, Terry Hunter, said.

Roosevelt Fluellen's younger brother and Hunter said Fluellen had stopped in to check on the unit on his why to an afternoon haircut appointment when he was killed.

"When he did not show up at home that afternoon and did not come home all night, I was up here the next morning," Hunter said. "I called his brother and he and I started doing a little investigating ourselves."

They called police, who entered the condo and found Fluellen had been shot several times. His wallet, cellphone and car were missing.

"Whoever did the crime left the body, came out and locked the door and drove the car away just like they lived here," Hunter said.

Officers found his car abandoned on the Northside. Police still don't know who killed Fluellen.

"To our knowledge there is no motive. He had no enemies. He was not into any illegal activity," Hunter said.

"Even if they wanted to rob him, they didn't have to murder him like they did because he would've given them anything that they wanted," Michael Fluellen said.

A few months before his death the victim reported to police that he found gun at the doorstep of the condo. He didn't know who left it and it's not known if this may have something to do with his murder. Michael Fluellen also said it appeared someone had been getting into the condo without permission.

The two men are hoping that someone will provide some information that will lead to justice.

"We need help. We want this person or persons caught for what they've done because they've taken a good man from us," Hunter said.

Anyone with information about the crime should call JSO or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. There's a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Fluellen has family from across the country coming in town for a vigil at 3 p.m. Saturday at the condo complex on Bert Road, near the intersection of Arlington Road and Arlington Expressway.