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Posted at 2:47 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Disney town hit with second death

By Melissa Bell
Celebration, Florida
(John Raoux/AP)

This week national attention focused in on the so-called happiest town on earth, Celebration, Fla. The housing complex built by the Disney company just 10 minutes from Disney World was supposed to be a return to idyllic Main Street, USA -- a place where neighbors mingled in a town square where Bing Crosby was piped into speakers and fake snow spread out at Christmastime.

For 14 years, the town chugged along with just one violent crime in its palm-tree-lined environs: a robbery at gunpoint. Otherwise, neighbors commended the sociable town and people clamored to buy into it.

This week changed all that.

Yellow tape appeared roping off one house. For the first time in Celebration, a slaying had occurred. Matteo Giovanditto was found dead in his home.

As neighbors wondered over the death and media descended on the town, another resident barreled himself in his home. After a 14-hour-long stand-off with police, Craig Foushee fired at the police and then turned his gun on himself.

This is what's especially disturbing about the events: They probably had nothing to do with each other. Giovanditto was killed over the long Thanksgiving weekend. His car has been discovered a few miles away at another apartment complex. Foushee was struggling with job troubles and a failing marriage. He was probably going to lose his house to foreclosure.

It's a sad day for Celebration, Fla.

By Melissa Bell  | December 3, 2010; 2:47 PM ET
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