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Pain of '83 Winn-Dixie firebombing lingers for family

Pain of '83 Winn-Dixie firebombing lingers for family

TAMPA, Fla (TBO.com)- Thirty years ago, a mentally ill man walked into a Winn-Dixie store in Clair-Mel. He was carrying a large can of gasoline.

John William "Billy'' Ferry Jr. showered several checkout lines with fuel and struck a match. The store exploded in fire. Dozens of people were injured; five died, including a 4-year-old girl and her mother.

It was, and remains, one of Tampa Bay's deadliest crimes.

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