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Investigators seek answers in death of 7-Eleven clerk

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The murder of a Riverview 7-Eleven store clerk early Wednesday has many people wondering why someone would commit such a heinous crime.

On Thursday, two of the men originally arrested in connection with the deadly stabbing of the store clerk on Wednesday were released.

Russell Beasley and Brandan Green were taken into custody in Sarasota County, and their car seized, after they cashed lottery tickets that were stolen from the 7-Eleven.

"We have since learned there is not enough evidence to connect them to the actual homicide but there is some information that we are going to continue to look into to see what their involvement was in cashing the stolen lottery tickets," said Larry McKinnon with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The two are cooperating with investigators, as the Sheriff's office tries to build a case against Lawrence Bongiovanni, who's charged with first-degree murder.

Investigators say Bongiovanni, 20, was in the Riverview 7-Eleven, before they say he ambushed and killed the store clerk.

"There are individuals that do things just simply for meanness, just simply for the fact that they were going to kill somebody, and that's what it appears to be at this time, it appears he simply wanted to kill the clerk," said McKinnon.

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Deputies found Bongiovanni on Wednesday, walking down a Charlotte County street. Officials say they still do not know what motivated the suspect in the killing.

Outside the store there is a makeshift memorial paying tribute to the victim, 54-year-old Kenneth Redding.

Larissa Menke lives down the street from the 7/11.

She said, "It's very sad and I noticed the cashiers inside they just seem like normal people and it's very sad I never thought something like this would happen in our town and it just keeps you aware of things that could happen."

Lawrence Bongiovanni still sits in a jail cell in Charlotte County, charged with first-degree murder. He is awaiting extradition to Hillsborough County.

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