Teen arrested for murders of British tourists in Florida

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Posted: Apr 18, 2011 3:47 PM
Teen arrested for murders of British tourists in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, April 18, Reuters - A 16-year-old male has been arrested as a suspect for the murders of two British tourists in Sarasota, Florida, police said on Monday.

The bodies of James M. Cooper, 25, and James Thomas Kouzalis, 24, were found early Saturday morning in The Courts, a public housing project in Sarasota known for gang activity and a high crime rate, the Sarasota Police Department said.

Investigators would not comment on why they thought the two men were there. Both men were shot to death.

Cooper and Kouzalis both attended the University of Sheffield.

The name of the suspect has not been released.

Sarasota, a city of about 100,000, is a popular beach resort on the Gulf of Mexico south of Tampa.

(Reporting by Robert Green; Editing by Jerry Norton)