Man found dead at East Lake Park left behind debit card, cash and note

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The official cause of death has not been released yet, but investigators have their suspicions about what caused 61-year-old Glenn Florence’s death.

CBS 42 learned Wednesday that Florence left behind more than a note saying he had gone fishing. He also left cash and a debit card for his son to find.

“He said some things to some people at his place of employment,” Chief Deputy Randy Christian said, “And there were some things he left behind at home that would indicate that this was something intentional.”

Christian says it is certainly possible that Florence fell into the lake accidentally and that what really happened Sunday may never be completely clear.

Wednesday afternoon, East Lake park was full of walkers, joggers and people fishing with family members. Cassandra Woodson and her three nieces and one nephew are feeding the fish.

They were at the lake Tuesday when ambulances and fire trucks rolled onto the scene.

“It’s very sad,” 8-year-old Adam Humphrey said. “If I was out there, I would be scared.”

Woodson says the children knew there was a body floating in the lake.

“Kids are more mature than we give them credit for,” Woods said. “They really know what’s going on already. They’re not afraid to be out here.”

8-year-old Brenda Kirksey says she is praying for Florence’s family. “They probably might cry or be sad,” she said, “Or have to go to their funeral.”

Woodson and the children say they are not deterred from visiting the park by the recent tragedy.

“Even though somebody died,” 7-year-old Jordan Collins said, “We still have to live our life and not waste our time.”

For now, that includes feeding the fish and holding on to the ones they love.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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