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Oct 25, 2017

Why Monica Hoffa? Female Victim Stands Out In Seminole Heights Shooter Case

Why was Monica Hoffa chosen to be a victim of Tampa, Florida's latest unidentified serial killer? The search for a man who has fatally shot three people continues, but authorities haven't shown any indication that they're getting anywhere. Meanwhile, loved ones of the shooter's second victim are speaking to the media in hopes of finding out who killed her. Something stands out about Monica Hoffa, which makes the mystery surrounding her death -- and the Seminole Heights Shooter -- all the more bizarre.

Benjamin Mitchell, Monica Hoffa and Anthony Naiboa were all shot to death in an 11-day-span. All three of these victims were in the Seminole Heights area, with the two male victims both killed near the same bus stop. Monica was the second victim, slain in the days between Mitchell and Naiboa. Police have reportedly confirmed that all three victims are absolutely connected to one shooter, and that they've been confirmed connected through forensic means. There is no clarification on whether this forensic evidence is DNA or ballistic evidence. Nonetheless, it's confirmed that the connections drawn between the three victims have been drawn on more than circumstantial evidence alone. So, police know without a doubt that a single shooter is responsible for these three deaths.

Police also say that none of the three victims knew one another. Other than location and forensic evidence, there would be no clear way to connect the three individuals -- especially when all three of them led different lives. However, it's clear that if you exclude the shooting of Monica Hoffa, the shooter appeared to target young black males who were at a particular bus stop in the neighborhood. This would certainly look like a clear modus operandi, and it would certainly be of concern for young black men in the area.

However, Monica Hoffa wasn't near the bus stop where Benjamin Mitchell and Anthony Naiboa were slain. Monica Hoffa is also a white female -- the exact, total opposite of the other two victims of the Seminole Heights Shooter. Why did the shooter choose her, when he has shown, thus far, a preference for young white males? Why did the shooter kill her right in the middle of a residential neighborhood, instead of the bus stop where the other two victims were shot? Something doesn't seem right about the murder of Monica Hoffa.

My thoughts:
I think the murder of Monica Hoffa may lead directly to the identity of the killer. In a previous post about this case, I speculated that the shooter may be a young white male with a history of behavioral and social issues. Now I'm wondering if this person may be an individual who has disdain for African-American men. Again, it seems that his preferred victims are young, black men. I also think the location of the two male victims was specifically chosen by the Seminole Heights Shooter.

Meanwhile, the killing of Monica Hoffa seems so out-of-place in comparison to the other two killings. I have the nagging suspicion that Monica may have encountered the killer while he was traveling, perhaps on foot himself, through the neighborhood where she was found. I have a suspicion that this means he either lives there, or he has some kind of connection to that particular block of homes. I also wonder if the killing of Monica Hoffa was unplanned, compared to the other two shootings. Did Monica know the killer, personally? Was he a stranger who passed her on the street? Whatever the answers may be, it's clear that Monica Hoffa stands out as one of the Seminole Heights Shooter's current three victims. 

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