ORLANDO, Fla. — A Republican political consultant and two other men were found dead in a home in an apparent double-murder and suicide, authorities and relatives said.
Authorities have not determined a motive for the deaths of Ralph Gonzalez, 39, his roommate, David Abrami, 36, and a friend, Robert Drake, 30.
Investigators found weapons and signs of a struggle in the house, but they did not say what the weapons were or which man they believe was the killer. The men are believed to have died several days before the bodies were discovered Thursday.
Gonzalez was executive director of the Georgia Republican Party from 2001-2002. He managed U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney’s 2002 campaign and was president of Strategum Group, an Orlando-based political consulting firm that represents Republican candidates.
“He was a born political consultant. He had bravado, he was intense, and he lived and breathed tactics and strategy,” Feeney said. “He was an adviser and strategist for me and became a very good friend.”
Abrami, an attorney, was active in Republican politics as well.
Gonzalez, the son of Cuban immigrants, was devoted to politics even as a youth, said his father, Rafael Gonzalez of Miami. He graduated from Florida International University and received his master’s degree in campaign management at the University of Florida.
“He was a smart person who built a business by himself,” Rafael Gonzalez said. “He traveled all over the world.”
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