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Update: Florida Turnpike murders *6 people convicted: Daniel Troya and Ricardo Sanchez sentenced to death; 4 others sentenced to prison*


Jose Luis Escobedo, 28
Yessica Guerrero Escobedo, 25
Luis Julian, 4
Luis Damian, 3

Murder on the Florida Turnpike 10/13/2006 Port St. Lucie, FL – Murder of the Escobedo Family
Police: ‘Persons of interest’ held in turnpike slayingsl
Drug suspects tied to Florida turnpike killings
Sheriff: Suspect May Be Tied to Killings
Officials: Drug Suspect Thought to Have Fatally Shot Family on Florida Turnpike
Drug suspects tied to Florida turnpike killings
Evidence may clear suspects in Turnpike murders
Trial Starts in ’06 Killings on a Florida Toll Road
2 found guilty of killing family on FLA turnpike
Defendants Sentenced to Death for Turnpike Murder of Two Toddlers
Turnpike murders: Two sentenced to death
Florida Turnpike Killers Get Death for Drug-Debt Murder of Family, Including 2 Young Boys
Federal appeals court upholds death sentences for convicted turnpike killers
Five years later, rapid gunfire of Escobedo murders still haunts Port St. Lucie couple
Supreme Court won’t review appeals filed by Escobedo family killers
United States of America v Liana Lee Lopez and Danny Varela 2011 (convictions and sentences affirmed)
United States v Daniel Troya 2013 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
U.S. appeals court upholds death row convictions for 2006 killing of Escobedo family on Florida’s Turnpike
Daniel Troya – Federal Death Row
Ricardo Sanchez, Jr. – Federal Death Row

Daniel “Homer” Troya – convicted, sentenced to death (federal death row)
Ricardo “Rick” Sanchez – convicted, sentenced to death (federal death row)
Danny “DV” Varela – convicted, sentenced to two life sentences plus 60 years in federal prison
Liana Lee “The Negra” Lopez – convicted, sentenced to 15 years in federal prison
Kevin Vetere – convicted, sentenced to 12 years in federal prison



Register Number: 75817-004
Age: 33
Race: White
Sex: Male
Release Date: DEATH SENT
Located At: USP Terre Haute



Register Number: 75820-004
Age: 33
Race: White
Sex: Male
Release Date: DEATH SENT
Located At: USP Terre Haute



Register Number: 75816-004
Age: 36
Race: White
Sex: Male
Release Date: LIFE
Located At: USP Lee



Register Number: 75815-004
Age: 28
Race: White
Sex: Female
Release Date: 11/24/2019
Located At: FCI Aliceville





5 Responses


  2. I haven’t been able to follow up on this story. Have they charged any of the suspects with these murders? If not what is going on? Please fill me in in this tragic case. Thanks so much.

  3. Before these murders, I had a dream. I was being driven by someone on the turnpike, in a black cherookee. They pointed to what I believed a gun to sugnal me out. While I did that. I clutched two children, one on each side. We were running. I remember passing light pole aftelight pole. “They” were chasing me. The feeling I had though was I knew who was chasing me, I knew who drove me, someone I thought I could trust. Then I laid down on my left side. No hair on my face because it was in a ponytail, clutching the two children. Then I told them it’ll be okay and closed my eyes. When closing my eyes I felt the gun, in the back of my head, closer to the nape. Whenit went off, I woke up. I could not find why I had dreamt something so horrible. About two weeks after the stories of these murders, I realized what it was….Any updates please inform. I did not know these people. They lived 5 minuets away from my uncles house. But to think there are people out there that murdered them, tied to drugs or not, is very painfull.

  4. any updates?

  5. There is update on this case..
    Just google – family killed on florida turnpike
    RIP escobedo family

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