Upon closer inspection, the deputy observed a bleeding, unconscious man accompanied by two other males.
The investigation was launched and, in customary practice, law enforcement opted to close several lanes to preserve the crime scene and potential evidence. Traffic funneled down from four lanes to one lane.
The initial deputy found the three men sitting in a car on the shoulder of the northbound lanes of I-75. The PCSO deputy noticed the front seat passenger, identified as Leon A. Mascorro, 20, a resident of Bristol, Fla., with stab wounds to his chest and abdomen. Mascorro was pronounced dead.
Upon further investigation, Pasco County detectives obtained statements from both Gonzalez and Blair that they intended to kill Mascorro because of their belief he was a snitch. Blair inflicted the initial stab wounds to Mascorro from the rear seat; Gonzalez also stabbed Mascorro once he was able to steer the vehicle over to the shoulder.
Post-Miranda warnings issued by law enforcement, Gonzalez and Blair implicated each other in the stabbing death.
Gonzalez and Blair remain in Pasco County Jail for charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the interstate was reopened at approximately 01:30 a.m.
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