City of Fort Myers to provide funds to Crime Stoppers to assist in search for suspects

Published: August 5, 2022 6:49 PM EDT
Updated: August 6, 2022 9:05 AM EDT

Two men were killed a day apart and since those responsible are on the run the city of Fort Myers is going to help with the search.

The city of Fort Myers is helping with the search by providing funds to Crime Stoppers after a football coach was shot and killed in his truck. And Danny Hand, 61, was killed the very next day by a hit-and-run driver.

The Fort Myers Police Department is investigating both cases.

The city of Fort Myers does not want to see crime like this continue or increase. WINK News talked with the Mayor of Fort Myers, he said crimes like homicide and hit and runs are way down in the last couple of years.

Lawrence Kafus’ life was changed forever when his father was killed by a hit-and-run driver. “Not only was he my father, he was my best friend and they took something from me that can never be replaced,” Kafus said.

On July 30, 61-year-old Hand was killed by a hit-and-run driver along Highland Avenue. His son Kafus, can’t understand how someone would take a life and leave the scene.

“They took him away from his grandkids, took him away from his sister, his mother, his wife, I mean his wife is devastated,” Kafus said. “That was her everything and they just took it away from her.”

Now, Kafus is doing everything to find his father’s killer and the Fort Myers city council is stepping up to help bring the suspect to justice.

“It’s horrible anytime you hear of somebody losing their life, but just when you know them or there’s a connection, it stings a little bit more,” Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson said.

Councilman Johnny Streets felt the sting of this deeply given he’s a family friend of Craig Truttling the football coach murdered in his car near Highland Avenue on July 29.

“The council collectively said, ‘hey we are going to support councilmember Streets motion to throw some money at it and see if we can help get some tips to get the perpetrators identified and arrested,'” Mayor Anderson said.

“It makes me feel special, it makes my family feel special that they would take the time and help us out with this situation,” Kufus said.

For both cases, there is now a $5,500 reward for information leading to an arrest. The money that the city is kicking into Crimestoppers came from Johnny Streets discretionary fund. Each councilmember has one it does come from tax-payer dollars but, if you do know any information about who killed these two men call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477).