Triple-homicide investigated at Altamonte Springs motel

Maintenance worker finds 3 bodies inside room

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Three people were found shot to death Sunday in a room at an Altamonte Springs motel, according to police.

Police said Monday that the bodies of Charles Simms Jr., 39; Germaine D. Deamus, 38; and Lisa Robbins, 49; were found at the Remington Inn and Suites at 450 Douglas Ave.

Altamonte police said the bodies were discovered by a maintenance crew just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Workers told police he entered the room because other people staying at the motel called the front desk reporting the room's door had been open for several hours.

Police said witnesses told them they heard an argument at 4 a.m. and then heard several gunshots.

The motive in the shooting is not known, but police said drug activity is being looked at as a possible option. 

Police don't have a person of interest and are still searching for the shooter.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Simms was released from prison in 2013.

Investigators said because of his known involvement with illegal activity, they think the shooting was isolated.

According to the Orange County Clerk of Courts, Robbins has been arrested in the past on drug related charges.

News 6 spoke with the family of Germaine Deamus, who issued this statement about their loved one:

"Germaine was a fun loving guy who loved and cherish his family.  His passion was cooking and his dreams was to open his own restaurant.  He enjoyed entertaining others with his creative cooking.  He was an avid movie goer who loved to laugh and tell jokes amongst friends and family.  Germaine was a friendly person who never met a stranger.  He was a giving and caring person who will be deeply missed by his family and friends."

Many motel guests, some who live there year-round, were rattled by the discovery.

"I can't process this right now. It's not normal, not at all," Melissa Trinidad said. "I'm scared. I'm terrified. And it's so close to home, my kids live right around the corner." 

"I'm confused. I'm wondering what is going on right now. I don't know how to, I'm just troubled. How can three people just end up dead like that?" Maxwell Jackson said.

It's unclear how long the occupants were staying in the room.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact police.


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