September 13, 2003
Tifton- Friends and family members huddle outside room 201 of the Tifton Inn, the place where 40 year old Nery Oswaldo Ortiz of Surfside, Florida and a co-worker engaged in an early morning argument.
"I think if they would have had time to think about it it would have never happened, but they just reacted on emotion," says Lisa Mendoza.
The two worked for a concrete company and had been working on construction projects at ABAC. Mendoza, a nursing student and acquaintance of Ortiz's, ran to help when she learned he had been stabbed.
"So, I came running down and I saw what happened, and I applied pressure until the ambulance came," she says.
EMS workers took him to Tift Regional Medical center where he was pronounced dead.
"As a result of our investigation we have arrested a white male Alberto Segura Miranda. He's 31 and he has been charged with murder," says Det. Porter Jackson of the Tifton Police.
Investigators have also recovered the knife, but are not releasing information about its type at this time.
"He's going to be missed. Every time you saw him he had a smile for everybody it's just sad," adds Mendoza.
Though they can't bring him back, friends and family admit they are relieved Ortiz's killer is behind bars.
Ortiz leaves behind four children, one in Georgia and three in Guatemala. Friends say the two may have been arguing about each other's citizenship status.
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