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Holmes Beach woman murdered in Tampa

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

Kimble

A 31-year-old Holmes Beach woman was found dead Aug. 27 in Tampa of an apparent murder-suicide, Tampa police are reporting.

Jamie Kimble, of 72nd Street in Holmes Beach, was dating Orlando resident Luis Roberson Rodriguez, 39, off and on for several years, police say. She was returning to Tampa from a visit to London, where police say she was visiting a new boyfriend.

Rodriguez met Kimble’s flight at Tampa International Airport and police say the two began arguing almost immediately. It is unclear if Kimble knew Rodriguez was meeting her at the airport. Rodriguez has an Orlando address, but police say he had recently moved to Kansas City, Mo.

Investigators say they are unsure if the argument was about Kimble’s new boyfriend, but are sure the argument ended about 7:45 p.m., when Rodriguez is alleged to have punched Kimble several times while the two were in his vehicle.

Kimble escaped the vehicle, at which time police say Rodriguez shot her several times. Police say Rodriguez then began to drive away, did a U-turn and fatally shot himself.

Kimble is the daughter of a Galesburg, N.C., former city administrator. She was born in Galesburg, but the family moved to Charlotte when Kimble was 2. Her father is now a deputy city manager for the city of Charlotte.

According to North Carolina media reports, Kimble was preparing to move to Dallas after being promoted to director of regional sales for BYB Brands, a subsidiary of Coke Consolidated.

The family is holding a Sept. 15 memorial for Kimble in Galesburg.

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