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Daughter of fallen Tampa Police officer in dire need of liver transplant

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Demetra Bell Jones (right) is in dire need of a liver transplant. Photo courtesy GoFundMe.com Demetra Bell Jones (right) is in dire need of a liver transplant. Photo courtesy GoFundMe.com
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - May 19, 1998 was one of the deadliest days in the history of the Tampa Police Department.

That day, Hank Earl Carr shot and killed his live-in girlfriend's 4-year-old son. When police came to investigate, Carr lied about his identity, but was eventually taken into custody. Carr was being driven to police headquarters for questioning, but during the ride he escaped from his handcuffs and shot Tampa Police Detectives Randy Bell and Ricky Childers, who were in the car. Carr also killed Florida Highway Patrol Trooper James B. Crooks that day before taking his own life.

Randy Bell's daughter, Demetra Bell Jones, was in her twenties when her father died, but the loss affected her greatly.

Jennifer Neal is Demetra's aunt and Randy Bell's sister. She says Demetra is now in desperate need of a liver transplant.

"She doesn't feel good and this is the worse she's ever felt since she was diagnosed," said Neal.

Neal says an autoimmune disorder caused Jones to develop hepatitis and on New Year's Eve day, doctors told the family that drugs are no longer effective and she will need the liver transplant to survive.

Related: Dark day in Tampa Police history


The problem is the cost. The family says insurance will cover less than half of the expected $300,000 cost and she can not be placed on a transplant list until the money is raised.

Barbara Setzer is Randy Bell's mother and says things might be different if he were alive.

"If Randy was here, he would do anything in his power to take care of her. I know he would. He's not here though," she said.

The family has established a fundraising effort on gofundme.com under the name of Demetra Bell Jones in an attempt to get enough money for the transplant.

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