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Monday, April 15, 2024

Deputies identify victims of double homicide in SE Ocala

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two victims who were found deceased with gunshot wounds inside a residence in southeast Ocala on Sunday morning.

According to the MCSO Major Crimes unit, the victims of the double homicide have been identified as 32-year-old Kevin Ray Russell and 60-year-old Sandy Kara Bobman.

Victims in double homicide in SE Ocala on October 15, 2023 (merge photo of victims)
The victims of the double homicide have been identified as 32-year-old Kevin Ray Russell (left) and 60-year-old Sandy Kara Bobman (right)

According to the MCSO incident report, a man had traveled to a residence located in the 3000 block of SE 52nd Avenue in Ocala, in the Whispering Sands neighborhood, to “check on his friends.” Once at the residence, the man discovered the bodies of both victims, and he contacted law enforcement.

At around 11 a.m. on Sunday, MCSO deputies responded to the incident location. When deputies arrived on scene, they located the two deceased victims, Russell and Bobman, inside the residence. Both victims had sustained gunshot wounds.

MCSO double homicide in Whispering Sands (October 15, 2023)
MCSO Major Crimes detectives are investigating the double homicide that occurred at a home in the 3000 block of SE 52nd Avenue in Ocala on October 15, 2023 (Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

A GoFundMe fundraiser was set up by Russell’s brother to help cover the cost of his funeral and burial expenses.

MCSO Major Crimes detectives are continuing their investigation into the double homicide, and they are asking for help from the public.

If you saw anything in the early morning hours on Sunday that could be related to this investigation, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office asks that you call Detective Joe Miller at 352-369-6806.

Anyone with information who wishes to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP (7867) and reference 23-54 in your tip.