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FSU Graduate Turned Police Informant Murdered, Family Wants Answers

May 11th, 2008 by flanews

A 23 year-old FSU graduate helping police with a drug investigation was murdered. Rachel Hoffman was an informant for the Tallahassee Police Department. As Whitney Ray tells us, police aren’t releasing many details about Hoffman’s murder and lawyers for the victim’s family want to know why.

Hear it Here: FSU Graduate Turned Police Informant Murdered, Family Wants Answers

Rachel Hoffman made a deal with police that ultimately lead to her death. Wednesday, Hoffman was murdered while working as an informant for the Tallahassee Police Department. Hoffman’s defense attorney said he was never notified that his client was an informant.

“How did this even happen? The Tallahassee Police Department isn’t answering that question,” said attorney Johnny Devine.

Hoffman faced several drug charges. She made a deal with police to become an informant in exchange for lesser charges.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the case. Police aren’t talking, citing the investigation, but they are putting the blame back on Hoffman, saying she didn’t follow instructions.

According to police, Hoffman was supposed to buy drugs and a gun from two men at this park. The men wanted to change the location. Police said Hoffman ignored police orders and met the men at a different site. The family’s lawyers said police aren’t telling them much about what happened next.

“They shouldn’t have to worry how scared she was when she had a gun put to her. They shouldn’t have to worry how it happened. They shouldn’t have to worry if she was tortured and tormented before it happened. They know nothing,” said attorney Danielle Joyner Kelley.

For Hoffman’s mom, This Mother’s Day will be the toughest ever.

“Rachel Hoffman’s mother will spend her day preparing for a funeral,” said Devine.

Lawyers for the family won’t say whether or not they’ll pursue a civil suit. The two suspects in Hoffman’s murder were arrested.

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