ORLANDO, Fla. – A 23-year-old man arrested in the death of an 87-year-old Casselberry man was found dead in the Orange County Jail in an apparent suicide, officials said.
Edward Israel Marrero, an inmate at the Orange County Corrections Department, was found unresponsive in his cell after an apparent suicide, officials said. Marrero was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died early Friday, according to authorities.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the official cause of death.
Marrero was booked at the Orange County Jail earlier this week on charges connected to the death of Wallace “Wally” Worman, an Air Force veteran, in Seminole County.
Officials released new details in the death of Worman, stating that he was carjacked by Marrero from the Boston's Fish House in Winter Park and then driven to a Regions Bank so Marrero could withdraw money from Worman's account.
"He was targeted, we believe at random, by a career criminal a predator and he did nothing wrong and this is a tragedy for an 87-year-old man who was very active in his church. He served his country. That's why we want to make this clear: He was preyed on," Seminole County public information officer Bob Kealing told News 6.
Police said Marrero drove Worman back to his Casselberry home to rob him, and then ultimately shot him.
A little less than an hour after Marrero is alleged to have killed Worman, he was seen on driving Worman's vehicle on State Road 417 at Red Bug Lake Road, police said. Surveillance video appears to show Marrero using Worman's cellphone at an Orange County Publix, according to police.
Worman's neighbors found him dead Monday.
Kealing tells New 6 that it is important to check on your neighbors.
"Check on your neighbors if you know someone who is a shut-in who lives is on their own check on them it could have made a huge difference," he said.
Worman's friend, describes Worman as a good friend.
"Wally was a very good man," Preston Harris told News 6. When he was asked about Marrero's death, he said, "Well, if he killed himself in jail, being that, we don't have a long court procedure and it saves the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars plus we don't have to feed him for 30 to 40 years," Harris said.
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