DAILY MAIL UK….The family and friends of two British holidaymakers who were shot dead in a Florida backstreet have denied the pair were trying to buy drugs. Liz Clare, who dated Mr Kouzaris, 24, for three years, told the Evening Standard: ‘I just can’t understand why they were there. They’re not stupid……James Kouzaris and James Cooper were set up by someone they met in the Sarasota bars. ‘I was with [James Kouzaris photo above] for three years and he was so cautious. We used to call him grandad because he was so cautious. ‘My biggest fear is what people might think about why they were in a dodgy area. Some people are saying there might be a link to drugs but everyone who knows them both knows it would never be that.’ James Cooper’s grandfather, Desmond Walton, said: ‘He never did drugs. He did not even smoke – he hated people who smoked. ‘He was a professional tennis coach. Taking drugs would be the last thing on his mind.’ It comes after the last pictures taken of the two friends the day before they were murdered were revealed. James Kouzaris and James Cooper were “good time” pals who had visited bars and pubs all over the world and appeared to have girlfrinds everywhere they visted as per their Facebook pages. On James Kouzaris Facebook page he lists one of his favorite places as the Beach Club on Siesta Key Fl, just South of where they had been staying.
The 16-year-old charged with murdering the two Britons, Shawn Tyson, was freed by a judge two weeks ago after he was arrested over an armed robbery. Shawn Tyson, who allegedly shot Mr Cooper and Mr Kouzaris, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following that incident. However as it was his first offence he was released from custody while police investigated the case. Shawn Tyson will now be charged as an adult and, if convicted of first-degree murder of the two Britons, could face the death penalty. Police investigators were last night trying to piece together how the two university friends were murdered in a gang-ridden neighbourhood of Newtown in the city of Sarasota. 16 year old Shawn Tyson did not have a car nor was he in any of the Main Street bars in Sarasota Fl on Friday night, but he was waiting for James Kouzaris and James Cooper when they arrived by car at Carver Street off of N. Orange Ave deep in the Newtown Ghetto. Someone drove James Kouzaris and James Cooper the 1 1/2 miles from the Main Street bars to Carver Street off of N. Orange Ave deep in the Newtown Ghetto. Somone called ahead and tipped off Shawn Tyson and his pals that he had James Kouzaris and James Cooper in the car and was heading for Carver Street off of N. Orange Ave deep in the Newtown Ghetto. James Kouzaris and James Cooper did not just wander into the Newtown Ghetto, they were driven there under some other pretext, robbery appears to have been the motive, not a drug sale.
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