A popular Upper Keys restaurant employee's kindness may have cost him his life, according to his friends.
Jose Bermudez, 28, was killed in his house at 727 SW Krome Terrace in Homestead Sunday night. Friends and co-workers say Bermudez was beaten to death.
Miami-Dade County Police Department Detective Lester Aguilar said he could not comment on how Bermudez was killed.
The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department could not release information about Bermudez's death because the case is under investigation, said Martha Diaz, executive assistant to the director of operations.
Bermudez worked at Subway in the Tavernier Towne Center plaza. He previously worked at the Dairy Queen in Tavernier, and friends say he just got another job at a newly opened Dunkin Donuts in Florida City.
He may have been a Coral Shores High School graduate but school officials could not be reached at press time to confirm that.
Other than being a hard worker, Bermudez was very friendly and kind -- to a fault, one friend said.
"Someone took advantage of his kindness," said the friend, who requested her name not be printed. "I told him you have to stop being so nice to everyone. He told me he couldn't help it."
The friend said Bermudez was so gregarious that it bordered on naivete.
"He was so friendly with everyone that he didn't think that anyone would hurt him," she said.
The friend said she and Bermudez hung out all day Sunday, and she dropped him off at his house around 5 p.m.
"He was my best friend," the friend said, holding back tears.
Miami-Dade police are asking anyone with information about the homicide to call Aguilar at (305) 471-2400.
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