Pasco County Florida Sheriff's Office

Man In Hudson Homeless Camp Killed With Machete Over $15 In Drugs, Buried At Camp Site

A homeless man in Hudson was killed with a machete and buried at a campsite after an altercation over $15.00 in drugs.

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – A homeless man in Hudson was killed with a machete and buried at a campsite after an altercation over $15.00 in drugs.

According to investigators, On Saturday, around 2:15 p.m., Pasco Sheriff’s Deputies received a call requesting a welfare check for an individual believed to be residing in the woods in the 13000 block area of US 19 in Hudson.

Nothing was discovered on Oct. 8, but the investigation continued on Oct. 9, and a deceased adult male, who was the subject of the initial welfare check call for service, was discovered in the woods.

Detectives have arrested Tyreik Rooks, 45, for the homicide of the victim.

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Deputies say the victim told Rooks he could obtain drugs and collected $15.00 from the man. The victim left the homeless camp for several hours and returned with a lesser amount of drugs than promised.

According to the affidavit, Rooks became enraged, pacing and yelling at the victim, before lunging at him, striking him several times with a machete.

While the victim was on the ground, Rooks stabbed him several more times, killing the man.

Deputies say while interviewing Rooks, he “lied” multiple times in questioning before admitting the grisly truth.

“The defendant (Rooks) admitted striking the victim multiple times with a machete, causing his death, and subsequently burying the victim at his campsite,” read the affidavit.

Deputies say this is still an active investigation and that the victim’s next of kin is out of state and delayed in notification.

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