missing Philadelphia man was found dead last week and may have just won the lottery before his death, according to local reports.
Francis Decero, 25, was found by a group of children in some bushes on Douglas Street, Philadelphia on May 4 and had been missing since April 26, according to a KYW news report.
The Pennsylvania Lottery indicated that a man named “Francis D” had won $1 million on an “Extreme Green” scratch-off ticket. The ticket was sold at a store that was about a mile from Decero’s home. It is not yet clear whether Decero’s potential lottery winning is significant to his death.
The initial missing person press release issued by the Philadelphia Police Department said Decero was last seen on 1148 Tree Street on April 26 at around 6:00 p.It also said that he had entered into a dark colored vehicle after leaving his own car double parked.
Following the investigation into Decero’s death, authorities announced that the 25-year-old was shot multiple times, stabbed and burned, according to CBS Philly reporter Matt Petrillo.
Speaking to CBS Philly, Decero’s father Lou Decero said he wanted to know why this had happened to his son.
“I just hope they find who did this, this is what I want to know,” he said. “Everybody loved that kid. He would say, ‘Dad want to go out to eat? Come on, let’s go.’
“I mean, you couldn’t get a better son than that. I have to know who did this, there was no reason. I don’t know who would [have] done this, I hope they find him.”
No arrests have yet been made and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.