Men arrested in connection to Weirsdale double homicide, deputies say

Man, stepson found fatally shot in January

By Amanda Castro - Reporter/Anchor

WEIRSDALE, Fla. - Two men have been arrested in connection with a double homicide in January, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

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Emanuel Tuggerson, 19, and Isaiah Richard, 20, were identified by detectives as suspects in the homicides of Andy Fockler, 38, and Bailey Zylo, 18, on Jan. 29 in Weirsdale, deputies said.

Deputies went to the 14200 block of Southeast 151st Place Road on Jan. 29 after receiving a 911 call.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies discovered that an apparent home-invasion robbery had occurred with two fatalities inside the home. Zylo and Fockler were pronounced dead at the scene.

"It's been hell. Every Sunday, we count the weeks down and here goes another week, nothing," said Natasha Johnson, Zylo's aunt and Fockler's sister-in-law. "And last night, we got the phone call and words couldn't fulfill what we felt."

Richard was found and arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Tuggerson is at the Marion County Jail on unrelated charges and will be served with an arrest warrant for these charges while in custody.

Richard and Tuggerson are being charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, the Sheriff's Office said. They are being held without bond.

"Like the detective told me this morning, they're facing the death penalty and that's what they deserve. My nephew and my brother-in-law can't come back because of this crime, because of these scumbags and they deserve it. They deserve death," Johnson said.

Johnson believes, in a spiritual way, Zylo and Fockler helped detectives make the arrests.

"I think they did it together as teamwork, just like they always would," she said.

The arrests come one day before Zylo was supposed to graduate from Lake Weir High School. Johnson said it was a day he was eagerly anticipating.

"He worked so hard to get his diploma. That's all he wanted was his diploma," she said.

Johnson said he had plans to follow in Fockler's footsteps and work as a pressman for a local newspaper.

Zylo will still get his diploma, but through his younger sister, who will walk in his place while wearing his cap and gown. She is accepting his honorary high school diploma.

"She is so excited. Her brother and her got along so well and she looked up to her brother," Johnson said. "And for her to do this, she thinks it's an honor."

As the family watches Zylo's sister walk across the stage Friday night, Johnson says they can start to heal.

"We can start to get closure. We still have a long process. We have the trial, that's going to be hard on us, but as a family, we're going to get through it," she said. "We're going to seek the justice that they deserve because they didn't deserve this."

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