Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Friday night out gone horribly wrong

Nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m.

Heard that many a time.

What brings it to mind are the shooting deaths of two British tourists early last Saturday morning in a public housing project in Sarasota.

Police were alerted at 3:20 a.m. and found James Cooper, 25, and James Thomas Kouzaris, 24, on a dead-end street.

Shawn Tyson, a 16-year-old who had been arrested April 7 for aggravated assault with a handgun, was arrested 24 hours later and charged with two counts of murder.

Judging from video at one Main Street club, the pair were doing what most young folks do on a Friday night out on the town.

Yet what caused them to venture north into Newtown is anyone's guess.

Speculation has been all over the place.

All that is known is these two young Brits are dead, homicide victims.

One was an accomplished tennis player and coach.

The other, a world traveler.

They were sophisticated young men who could not have possibly foreseen the ghastly fate awaiting them.

Nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m.

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