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Iraq Veteran Shot to Death Leaving Home for Gym

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    Iraq Veteran Shot to Death Leaving Home for Gym
    Sgt. Jeff Ledesma, DVIDS
    2007 photo: 1st Lt. Jonathan Gilotti, an Avon, Conn., native and the officer in charge of the information operations with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas, takes a look at the condition of a classroom for use in his assessment report at an all-boys primary school in northwestern Baghdad's Shula neighborhood on Aug. 1. The Soldiers of 2-12th Cavalry operate in Baghdad's northwestern neighborhoods as part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

    An Iraq war veteran who grew up in Avon, Connecticut, was killed while leaving his central Alabama home for an early morning workout early Tuesday morning.

    Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector issued a news release saying 33-year-old Jonathan Michael "Mike" Gilotti encountered someone in his driveway or his car just before 5 a.m. and was fatally shot once.

    Rector said authorities are investigating at least 10 car break-ins overnight in the same neighborhood, a suburb south of Birmingham.

    He said Gilotti might have stumbled upon the robber while leaving for the gym.

    Around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, police found a stolen older Ford F-250 pickup matching the description of the vehicle leaving Gilott's neighborhood after the murder and found items stolen during vehicle break-ins in the area, according to a news release from police.

    Gilotti, a native of Avon, was a 2001 graduate of Avon High School, where he was captain of the football team. He was also on the wrestling, track and lacrosse teams.

    "It is a tragic loss and our sincere condolences go out to the family," Avon Town Manager Brandon Robertson said in a statement.

    He served as a U.S. Army tank commander, first lieutenant and platoon leader in the 12th Cavalry Regiment.

    Gilotti was married and had two sons, according to the GoFundMe page set up to raise money for his family.