The investigation into the violent beating death of a popular Subway worker late last year in Homestead has apparently hit a wall.
Miami-Dade police detectives have been investigating the case of Jose Bermudez, 28, since he was found dead in his home at 727 SW Krome Ter. in Homestead just before 11 p.m. Dec. 27.
"I don't think they have too many leads," said Detective Robin Pinkard, a police spokeswoman.
According to Bermudez's friends, he was friendly and selfless to a fault, and would do just about anything for a perfect stranger in need, including let him in his home. Friends theorize his trusting ways may have gotten him killed.
Rick Klyczek, director of operations for Tom Thumb Food Stores, the owner of the Tavernier Towne shopping center Subway franchise, didn't know Bermudez well. But through word of mouth from his employees following Bermudez's death, Klyzcek realized how much staff and customers cared for him.
"I heard he was an extremely caring and friendly individual," Klyzcek said this week. "I also heard he cared for others more than he cared for himself, and I think that's what endeared him to other people."
Detectives periodically contact Klyzcek, as does Bermudez's mother, and he said he also heard that leads are scarce into who may have killed Bermudez.
"It doesn't sound like his family will have closure anytime soon," Klyzcek said.
Miami-Dade police ask anyone with information about the homicide to call Detective Lester Aguilar at 305-471-2400.
People who want to give information anonymously can call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471 TIPS or 866-471-8477. They can also go to www.crimestoppersmiami.com and select "Give a Tip" or send a text message to 274637. Enter CSMD before typing the tip. Tipsters may be eligible for a $3,000 reward if information leads to an arrest.