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Updated: 01/11/2018 03:50:00PM

Masked intruders kill man in North Port home

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A photo of Trent Bartow-Thomas will be made into t-shirts to honor his life. Bartow-Thomas was found dead on Wednesday morning in a North Port home.

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Anita's Restaurant in Nokomis honored "Trent Joseph" as he was called by many. Trent was killed in North Port early Wednesday morning by an unknown shooter. Trent used to work at Anita's as a table busser.

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Trent Bartol-Thomas was found dead in a North Port home on Wednesday morning. He was a Sarasota resident but graduated from North Port High School.

SUN PHOTO BY LAUREN COFFEY

The scene from a murder Wednesday at a house in North Port.

SUN PHOTO BY LAUREN COFFEY

Porto Chico Avenue in North Port was blocked off Wednesday morning after a shooting earlier that day. One man was killed and there were no other injuries reported.

By LAUREN COFFEY

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NORTH PORT — Two days before his 20th birthday, Trent Bartol-Thomas was working as a manager of a car wash and focusing on his dream of owning a restaurant.

That dream ended around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when Bartol-Thomas was shot and killed in a North Port home. Two masked men fled the scene in the 8100 block of Porto Chico Avenue. Authorities said there was a report of a minivan driving away from the home but would not confirm if it was the suspects’ vehicle.

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