A man fighting to keep his home from going into foreclosure shot himself early Friday. Tragic news like this isn’t unheard of — the mortgage crisis and rampant foreclosures have pushed more than a few people to act so desperately. But this news is particularly noteworthy for its location and, also, the timing.
It’s the second death in a town built by the empire known Happiest Place on Earth. Earlier this week, Celebration, Fla., a town developed 14 years ago by the Walt Disney Corp., reported its first-ever homicide.
Craig Foushee, 52, barricaded himself in his home yesterday, which he was soon to lose to foreclosure. The owner of a failing security business, Foushee was inside for 14 hours while Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies surrounded the place. Foushee shot at the authorities a few times, according to reports. No one was hit. Officers threw tear gas into the home.
Foushee was in the middle of divorce mediation and had struggled to keep his security business afloat, but records show it was dissolved in the fall. He had already filed for bankruptcy last spring. Foushee was a longtime resident of Celebration, which has a population of 11,000.
Other residents describe the incident as a tragedy. And that just because the town was developed by Disney, doesn’t mean they all expected to be happy all of the time, the New York Daily News reported today.
“Just because this is Celebration doesn’t mean everyone’s perfect,” said Eva Medved, who lived across the street from Foushee. “People die, people get divorced, people get in trouble.”
Police continue to investigate Celebration’s first-ever murder, which was reported earlier this week. A woman checking on her neighbor found his body inside the apartment. Police later discovered the man’s car is missing and are currently searching for more clues.
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