Mystery: Two Broward County Sheriff’s deputies have died since the Parkland, Florida shootings and no one knows why

A rising number of questions surround the rather mysterious deaths of now two Broward County sheriff’s deputies in the weeks following the Valentine’s Day mass murder at the Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Fla.

As noted by the Fellowship of the Minds blog, the first deputy, Jason Fitzsimmons, was found dead around April 1 after calling in sick to work. At 42, the blog noted, Fitzsimmons was “in [an] excellent state of mind and health,” and yet he was found dead on his sofa. 

On April 16, Sunshine State News columnist Nancy Smith, who wrote that “conspiracy theories have always turned me off,” nevertheless raised questions about Fitzsimons’ untimely death. 

She writes: 

Deputy Fitzsimons, 42, described as “in an excellent state of mind and health,”  called in sick sometime April 1 and then died — his obituary read “unexpectedly.” Apparently he was found on his sofa.

That’s pretty much the extent of the death report.

Smith wrote that she contacted the Sheriff’s Office and was assured someone would get back to her, but no one did. An email posted to the Fellowship of the Mind blog by writer James F. Tracy from the department’s public affairs division, most likely, inquiring about Fitzsimons’ employment there contained this truncated response: “Good morning. Deputy Jason Fitzsimons worked for BSO until his passing earlier this month.”

A scan of Fitzsimons’ Facebook page left no doubt how he felt about what had occurred at the high school and in particular all of the Left-wing anti-gun activism that took place after the shooting — and before many of the victims were even in the ground.

Smith noted that Fitzsimons was “all over social media” after the shootings “questioning the motive behind” them. It was obvious “he believed the tragedy was being used to promote the Democratic Party’s gun-control agenda” in a bid to promote the party’s candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. (Related: The buck stops… elsewhere: Broward County Sheriff Israel REFUSES to accept responsibility despite multiple leadership failures during Parkland shooting.)

He even posted a picture of anti-gun student and media darling David Hogg in a meme featuring him dressed in a Nazi SS uniform raising his right arm with the caption, “We will march until we disarm every American.”

There has also been a virtual media blackout concerning Fitzsimons’ untimely and “unexpected” death. 

Smith wrote that she wanted to do a story featuring Fitzsimons and ask why he was so publicly speaking out against high school student survivors who were grieving. She adds that she didn’t even know he had died until she came across the Memory Hole Blog. 

“James Tracy, the site’s creator, wondered same as I do now how come ‘the complete “news blackout” of this curious and untimely death?” she wrote. Tracy said that the official cause of Fitzsimons’ death was cancer, but how can someone who dies of cancer summarily die “unexpectedly” — a phrase reserved for when a loved one dies from a sudden illness, an accident, or suicide.

Now, another young-ish Broward County deputy has died ‘unexpectedly.’ The Sheriff’s Office tweeted out on April 25: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Deputy Marshall Peterson, a 28-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Department of Detention. Deputy Peterson, 53, died at his residence. Thank you for your service, Deputy.”

A scouring of the Web turned up a similar dearth of reportage — not even a report from local media. And wouldn’t that be a story — two Broward deputies within a span of weeks, and after one of the most politically tumultuous shootings in the country’s history?

Conspiracies run a dime a dozen and if a person tries hard enough they can create a conspiracy involving just about anything.

But this can’t be just a coincidence… can it? 

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J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.

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