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BSO Case Number: TM02-09-1692
PIO Number: 02-9-24
Date: September 8 – 15, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 8113 NW 74 Avenue, Tamarac


  • William McGraph, 58, 10/21/43, 8113 NW 74 Avenue, Tamarac (DECEASED)


  • Fred (unknown last name), white male, 35 to 40 yrs old, 5’10” tall, 180 pounds

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s office homicide detectives spent most of Sunday executing a search warrant and looking for clues at the home of a Tamarac man who died a week after getting into a physical altercation with his roommate.

Homicide detectives believe the fight that occurred on Sunday, September 8th, between the victim, William McGraph, and his roommate, who’s only known as Fred, was over rent.

The next day, Monday, September 9th, a friend came by to visit and found McGraph badly beaten but alive. The friend, who detectives didn’t identify, wasn’t able to persuade McGraph to go to University Hospital until the following day, Tuesday, September 10th. McGraph died four days later at the hospital on Saturday morning (September 14th). His death was ruled a homicide, and the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office said he died from complications of blunt trauma.

Following McGraph’s death, the ME’s office notified BSO’s homicide unit to investigate. After canvassing the neighborhood, detectives learned that Fred had been staying with McGraph for about two to three weeks in McGraph’s house located at 8113 NW 74 Avenue, where BSO homicide detectives and crime scene technicians searched for evidence Sunday (today).

Homicide detectives want to ask Fred about his version of what happened on September 8th. Fred is a white male, approximately 35 to 40 years old, about 180 pounds, and five feet ten inches tall. He wears a crew cut and has tattoos covering his body from his neck to his feet. Fred maybe riding a refurbished Harley Davison motorcycle, which was originally specially made for police. He’s known to frequent pubs in Margate and North Lauderdale along 441. Anyone who knows the whereabouts and/or last name of Fred is asked to call BSO Homicide Det. Glenn Bukata at (954) 321-4210 or call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (954) 493-TIPS.


INVESTIGATORS: Dets. G. Bukata & K. Kaminsky, and Sgt. J. Murray, CI
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

Posted At: 09/15/2002 08:48 PM

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