Neighbors Express Concern for Safety Following Homicide Investigation

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Posted at 4:37 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 07:52:51-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office has made two arrests in the murder of a Tallahassee man found dead inside a car.

Deputies, along with U.S. Marshals, arrested Patrick Berrane and Page Briggs. Investigators say this was not a random act and they're still looking for others who were involved.

A neighborhood remains in shock after investigators swarmed the block Tuesday and later confirmed the death of a man who lived here.

This is the 2600 block of Mission Road, right across the street from Gretchen Everhart School.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office spent several hours here and identified Hoyt Birge as the body they found in a car at an apartment complex parking lot.

WTXL talked to a few people who work at the school. They didn't want to go on camera, but one told WTXL she would see Birge from time to time going in and out of his residence. But news of his death comes as a surprise.

Another employee told me this block is getting more involved in crime, admitting he's seen drug deals go down here before.

WTXL knocked on a few doors, learning that residents are split on how safe the block is. They told me off camera that Birge may have been moving out of his place after a tree fell on it but they never saw a lot of people there.

One man who lives a few doors away said his house has been broken into twice. One of his neighbors added she doesn't leave her home at night because it's getting more dangerous.

The mother of Hoyt Birge provided us with this statement:

"I know in my heart Hoyt has forgiven them, and they are also in my prayers. I pray for all families involved."