Uber Eats driver sent wife texts saying he'd be home soon moments before his 'demonic' murder

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By James Kay

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An Uber Eats driver was killed in what has been described as a "demonic" murder, and he sent his wife a heartbreaking text just moments before losing his life.

As previously reported, an affidavit named the victim as 59-year-old Randall William Cooke who was working for Uber Eats during the night of his murder.

On Monday (April 24), Oscar Solis was arrested at this home and charged with murder after an investigation found human remains and evidence of a brutal attack inside his residence.

As per CNN, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said: "I’m not going to get into how gruesome this case was. This individual is – what he did was demonic."

During the news conference, Nocco spoke about the victim's movements during the evening of the attack and detailed the final moments of his life.

Watch the news conference in full below:

The 59-year-old had dropped his wife off at 2:30PM on April 19 before beginning his work as a delivery driver.

He had kept in contact with his wife throughout the day via text messages, and at around 6:43 PM he responded to a message from his wife indicating that he would see her soon. Nocco said that Cooke had texted his wife to say that he was making his final delivery and that he would be home soon.

Cooke was not far from his own house, CNN reports.

At 7:13 PM his wife sent a message and received no response. After a few hours, she reported her husband missing and a patrol attended the scene.

Surveillance footage captured Cooke outside Solis' residence at around 6:56 PM, and the following day cameras spotted the alleged murderer dragging heavy trash bags outside of his home.

An investigation found that the bags were full of dismembered human remains that were later confirmed to be Cooke's.

Further probing found the victim's car about a third of a mile away from the crime scene with blood-soaked materials and his delivery bag inside.

Inside the home investigators found that various rooms had been splattered with blood and there had been an attempt to clean it up.

Solis is reported to be part of the MS-13 gang, which has a history of violent behavior as well as ties to human and drug trafficking.

The accused murderer had recently been released from an Indiana prison after a four-year stint for assault and burglary charges and had failed to register in Florida as a convicted felon.

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The alleged murderer Oscar Solis. Credit: Pasco County Jail

Nocco said: "All it appears is that there was a gentleman who was working, he was doing his last delivery of the night, and this person killed him for no reason, and he took him away from his family."

In a statement, Uber said: "We are heartbroken by the news of this horrific crime," before adding: "[There is no reason why the victim] shouldn’t be home with his family today, and we are keeping his loved ones in our thoughts.

"We have been in close contact with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office throughout their investigation and thank them for their dedication to this case."

Featured image credit: Marcin Rogozinski / Alamy

Uber Eats driver sent wife texts saying he'd be home soon moments before his 'demonic' murder

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

An Uber Eats driver was killed in what has been described as a "demonic" murder, and he sent his wife a heartbreaking text just moments before losing his life.

As previously reported, an affidavit named the victim as 59-year-old Randall William Cooke who was working for Uber Eats during the night of his murder.

On Monday (April 24), Oscar Solis was arrested at this home and charged with murder after an investigation found human remains and evidence of a brutal attack inside his residence.

As per CNN, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said: "I’m not going to get into how gruesome this case was. This individual is – what he did was demonic."

During the news conference, Nocco spoke about the victim's movements during the evening of the attack and detailed the final moments of his life.

Watch the news conference in full below:

The 59-year-old had dropped his wife off at 2:30PM on April 19 before beginning his work as a delivery driver.

He had kept in contact with his wife throughout the day via text messages, and at around 6:43 PM he responded to a message from his wife indicating that he would see her soon. Nocco said that Cooke had texted his wife to say that he was making his final delivery and that he would be home soon.

Cooke was not far from his own house, CNN reports.

At 7:13 PM his wife sent a message and received no response. After a few hours, she reported her husband missing and a patrol attended the scene.

Surveillance footage captured Cooke outside Solis' residence at around 6:56 PM, and the following day cameras spotted the alleged murderer dragging heavy trash bags outside of his home.

An investigation found that the bags were full of dismembered human remains that were later confirmed to be Cooke's.

Further probing found the victim's car about a third of a mile away from the crime scene with blood-soaked materials and his delivery bag inside.

Inside the home investigators found that various rooms had been splattered with blood and there had been an attempt to clean it up.

Solis is reported to be part of the MS-13 gang, which has a history of violent behavior as well as ties to human and drug trafficking.

The accused murderer had recently been released from an Indiana prison after a four-year stint for assault and burglary charges and had failed to register in Florida as a convicted felon.

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The alleged murderer Oscar Solis. Credit: Pasco County Jail

Nocco said: "All it appears is that there was a gentleman who was working, he was doing his last delivery of the night, and this person killed him for no reason, and he took him away from his family."

In a statement, Uber said: "We are heartbroken by the news of this horrific crime," before adding: "[There is no reason why the victim] shouldn’t be home with his family today, and we are keeping his loved ones in our thoughts.

"We have been in close contact with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office throughout their investigation and thank them for their dedication to this case."

Featured image credit: Marcin Rogozinski / Alamy