Crime

A kindly 80-year-old crossing guard is murdered in Florida. It’s a mystery why

Giles Hutton, 80, was killed in his Northwest Miami-Dade home in July. He is shown here in a memorial leaflet. Police haven’t said how he was killed and are still searching for the killer.
Giles Hutton, 80, was killed in his Northwest Miami-Dade home in July. He is shown here in a memorial leaflet. Police haven’t said how he was killed and are still searching for the killer.

His wife became worried when 80-year-old Giles Hutton didn’t show up for dinner. So she tried driving the few blocks to his home, but her car stalled. So she walked. When she got there, the home was dark.

Even so, she said, Virgina Hutton could see items scattered about the floor and out of place. She turned on the bedroom light. There, on the floor, was her dead husband.

“He didn’t respond. I touched his arms. He was still as a brick,” Virginia Hutton said Tuesday during an emotional appearance at Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral. “He was my life. Now every morning I wake up and I can see him.”

Five months after Giles Hutton was murdered, police haven’t solved the crime — or revealed exactly how he was killed. They know his white, Lincoln Town Car was stolen and recovered about a mile away two days later, but they refuse to say whether there was forced entry into the home at Northwest 97th Street and 31st Avenue. They’re looking for any tips or help that might crack the case.

“There is foul play suspected,” said lead homicide Detective Zubair Khan. “This was a homicide.”

Khan said police believe Giles Hutton was killed at his home and that the killer may have stolen his car. There was nothing else missing inside the home and the body was discovered a few hours after he was murdered.

“He was in the bedroom. Not on his bed. People had seen him earlier that day,” Khan said.

Giles “Gator” Hutton was a retired sanitation worker for the city of Miami. At the time of his murder, he was working as a crossing guard for Miami-Dade County. He and his wife of 10 years had an atypical arrangement, maintaining their own separate homes a few blocks apart, but were devoted to each other, Virginia Hutton said.

“He was my life,” she said. “I was planning on moving in with him. We were going to travel.”

Hutton said her husband was an avid churchgoer whose family lived in Mississippi. He had moved to Miami-Dade in 1959. He had previously been married, she said, and has family, children and grandchildren in South Florida. She said she hasn’t heard from any of them since Giles Hutton was killed.

She recalls making him breakfast at her home the morning he was killed on July 22. She said that she had stepped away and by the time she had returned to the kitchen, her husband had already cleaned up and left. It was raining, she said, and she waited for him throughout the day. When he didn’t show that night and she was unable to sleep, Virginia Hutton decided to head over to his nearby home, where she discovered his body.

She recalled meeting the crossing guard while crossing the street. He made an impression and things blossomed from there.

“We had 12 beautiful years together,” said Hutton. I’m still trying to figure out how anyone can hurt anyone as kind as he was.”

Anyone with information on the death of Giles Hutton is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477. A reward of $3,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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