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    Homicide in Celebration FL

    Celebration, Florida murder mystery: Crime touches Disney-made town for first time


    An ugly dose of reality has shattered the calm at a Disney-themed Florida community after cops discovered the first homicide committed there in its history.

    Residents of Celebration, Fla. - five miles south of Walt Disney World and planned as a picture-perfect community - were stunned when they awoke Tuesday to find crime scene tape near the Christmas-decorated downtown.

    Cops had discovered a murder scene at the home of Matteo Giovanditto, 58, after worried neighbors had called to report he hadn't been seen for several days.

    "This is very rare and unusual for a crime of this magnitude to occur in this community," said sheriff's spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain.

    Details of the killing have not been released, but it has sent a shiver down the spines of the town's 11,000 residents.

    "I've always thought of Celebration as a very safe community," said Heather Hardy, as she read a book while sitting in a rocking chair near downtown.

    The development was created in 1989 when the Disney Corp. proposed a "wonderful residential town," that would be "closer to Main Street than future world."

    Critics dismissed it as a type of "Stepford Wives" project, but residents quickly fell in love after starting to arrive in 1996.

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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    Was just reading this online. A terrible act, as any murder is.

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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    One of our members lives there. So sorry your community is going through this.
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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    I do have to say however that this being the first homicide since 1989 is pretty bloody impressive.
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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    Murders are always bad. In small Americana communities they seem that much worse. We certainly don't expect things like that in rural NC either,

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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    Sad to hear this. Celebration is still a safe place to live. I'd move there in a minute.

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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    how sad.
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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    Quote Originally Posted by NC_WDW_Daddy View Post
    Murders are always bad. In small Americana communities they seem that much worse. We certainly don't expect things like that in rural NC either,
    I so agree. We are a tiny tiny Hamlet. Smaller than Celebration. In the 25 years I've lived here I can only recall it happening once and even that was an odd case of a chemically imbalanced person passing through. Yet I remember it like yesterday.
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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    They had another death yesterday. Apparently a resident was being evicted and barricaded himself in his home while shooting at the police, and he then committed suicide. Here's a link to an article about it
    Suicide rocks Disney-inspired town of Celebration, Florida days after town's 1st murder reported

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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    I think people need to knowthe truth about MR Giovanditto,
    my 18 year old son Jeremy was propisitioned for homo *****,in 2010,this man[giovanditto] drove up and offered him a ride ,then began with the propisitioning ,
    theres another site ;crimesider48 hour , has another man stating the same story
    read it your self ;[with our axe killer that makes 3people saying it ,huh kinda weird..
    I DONT AGREE WITH MURDER OR ROBBERY,BUT ,I DONT AGREE WITH LURING NEEDY YOUNG MEN FOR YOUR SICK NEEDS.
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    by destinysdaddy December 9, 2010 3:07 AM EST
    I used to fish in Celebration on a regular basis and this man (Giovanditto) used to come talk to me while I did so. He propositioned me several times, and even asked me to bring my pregnant wife to his condo for "some fun" when I told him about her in the hope of getting him to back off.
    Reply to this comment ..by destinysdaddy December 9, 2010 3:09 AM EST
    I don't think murdering him was right, but the man was definately doing some things that were questionable. I definately believe that he tried something with the man that murdered him.
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    Re: Homicide in Celebration FL

    Quote Originally Posted by HauntedGabe View Post
    It appears they have found the suspect.
    UNFORTUNATLY THE OTHER" suspect" is dead..
    no one wants to bring out ,GIOVANDITTO WAS DOING UNSPEAKABLE THINGS,well, GOD will sort it out..

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