ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The murder of a first coast man in Ohio over the weekend is sending shockwaves through one local government.
Police say James Boergers, 31, of Jacksonville was in a cabin Saturday evening in Hocking Hills, Ohio with Kimberly Napoli, 32. Police say Napoli's ex-husband, Michael Napoli, 33, shot and killed Boergers and shot at his ex-wife. She escaped. A day later, the suspect was located in a hotel 70 miles away where there was a police stand-off. According to police, the suspect was eventually discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
James Boergers worked at the St. Johns County Public Works Department. His co-workers are struggling with his murder and it's not the only tragedy this department is dealing with.
"The organization as a whole is devastated," St. Johns County Spokesman Michael Ryan said.
Ryan explained Boergers was a systems analyst. "He provided technical support to our Public Works Department in regards to large public works projects including water, waste water, streets and stuff. They were significant projects that had a great deal of impact on the county."
Ryan said Boergers graduated from Jacksonville University in 2005 and started with the county in 2006. He said Boergers was well-liked and was "identified as one of the hardest working employees in his division."
Ryan said, "Not only as a co-worker, but as a friend, James was greatly appreciated by his coworkers, those who were close to him in his department and those throughout the organization as a whole."
The Public Works Department has been rocked with sad news lately. Boergers' death is the fourth death the department has dealt with in the matter of months. In fact, Sunday night, the day after Boergers' death, Ryan said a relative of one of the department's employees was the pedestrian killed on State Road 16 near I-95.
"Unfortunately the Public Works Department has suffered numerous losses over the past year and those, compounded, are taking their toll on the staff, understandably," Ryan noted.
The St. Johns County administration is reaching out to help its employees deal with their losses.