The murders of Michael Miccio, 60, and Guy Eargle, 68, aren’t linked by police. But friends say the two men shared a generous spirit, and it may have been beneficiaries of that generosity that murdered the two gay men. Police are still investigating their deaths.
According to the Lauderhill Police Department, Miccio, a Fort Lauderdale resident, was killed in September at the 2000 Block of NW 27 Terrace in Lauderhill. Detectives are still declining to comment on the cause and manner of death. “We’re working on some fresh leads right now,” said Detective Edward McCormick.
One friend of Miccio who spoke to SFGN and asked that his name not be published, said that he thinks Miccio might have been killed by someone who he was giving money to.
“He was corny as hell. He was a sweetheart of a guy. He had a great laugh and a great smile. It’s just a shame. It’s really horrible,” said the friend. “He liked younger guys and he liked to embellish a lot. He gave it all. He was a very generous person.” He said he thought of the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” when he heard of Miccio’s murder. “I got this vision of . . . a young kid on drugs asking ‘Daddy’ for money,” he said.
He said he’s also mad that the police haven’t released Miccio’s body to the family yet. A $3,000 Crime Stoppers reward will be given to anyone with information leading to the arrest of Miccio’s murderer or murderers.
Eargle’s murder, which occurred in July, is also still unsolved. Eargle, who split his time between South Florida and Atlanta was found dead in the house he rented at the 400 block of Southeast 17 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
Police have also declined to reveal details on that murder.
But friends of Eargle, who was described as a multi-millionaire, say he was also generous and that may have been what caused his killer or killers to murder him.
“He was generous and wealthy, and unfortunately that may have led to his demise,” Joseph DiCorpo of Atlanta told the Sun Sentinel in July “He made friends too easy.”