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Lovers' Quarrel May Have Sparked Murder-Suicide (GOP Consultant)
WKMG Local 6 News ^ | 8/23/07 | WKMG

Posted on 08/24/2007 7:28:12 AM PDT by Sax

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A prominent Republican Party consultant is one of three men found dead in a Central Florida home Thursday in an apparent double murder-suicide possibly sparked by a lovers' quarrel, according to detectives.

A woman's out-of-state phone call requesting a well-being check on a friend led Orange County sheriff's deputies to the bodies of Ralph Gonzalez, David Abrami and Robert Drake Thursday.

When deputies arrived at the home after receiving the call at 9:13 a.m., the front door was open, and officers said they found the victims inside and signs of a struggle.

"We are working it as a homicide, but there is some early evidence to suggest that this may in fact be a murder-suicide," Orange County sheriff's Sgt. Allen Lee said.

Detectives said one of the victims was an ex-member of the military and was found wearing a backpack. Bomb squad members were called out to the scene after bags were found in his parked vehicle.

Investigators also found several weapons in the house.

The three men may have been dead since Tuesday.

The home's address is listed as the office of The Strategum Group, a firm founded by political strategist Ralph Gonzalez.

Gonzalez's clients have included U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney, State Rep. Dean Cannon and U.S. Rep Tom Price, according to the firm's Web site. Gonzalez is the former executive director of the Georgia Republican Party, the Web site stated.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this developing story.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: davidabrami; murder; murdersuicide; ralphgonzales; ralphgonzalez; robertdrake; strategum
The list of victims and potential perp seems rather homogenous.
1 posted on 08/24/2007 7:28:13 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Sax

A gay lover’s spat gone wrong?

2 posted on 08/24/2007 7:47:15 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

That was my first though, but who knows? When they call it a lover’s quarrel, murder-suicide and find three dead guys my ‘sharp-as-marble’ deducing skills go right to work.

3 posted on 08/24/2007 7:51:55 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Sax

There is much more info on this subject on the earlier thread: ‘';. Some research has been done, and some acquaintances of the deceased have posted there.

4 posted on 08/24/2007 12:52:48 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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