10 years later: XBox murders in Deltona

Mother of victim wants people to remember her daughter

By Loren Korn - Reporter

DELTONA, Fla - Ten years ago today, six people were found beaten to death inside a Deltona home, in one of the worst mass murders in Central Florida history.

On August 6, 2004, four men burst into a home on Telford Lane and beat the victims and a dog to death with baseball bats.

The crime became known as the XBox murders, because the accused mastermind, Troy Victorino, had gone to the house to get his XBox and other items after he was caught squatting in the home.

"It's unbelievable that it's already been 10 years because she's still gone," said Kay Shukwit, the mother of one of the victims, Michelle Nathan.

Shukwit couldn't stop smiling when she talked about her daughter. She still remembered her love for animals, her dream job of becoming a veterinarian and her vibrant personality.

"She was always happy, smiling, having fun," Shukwit said.

Shukwit said being close to her children and grandkids makes the healing process easier but knowing her killers are still alive, doesn't take away the pain completely.

"They're still breathing, they're still eating, they're still watching TV. If their family comes to visit, they can still see their child, their brother," she said. "I get to go visit mine in Orange City, sitting on a bench and my child is in the grave."

Victorino, along with Jerone Hunter, were found guilty and sentenced to death. The two others involved are serving life sentences. Victorino appealed his death sentence but lost.

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