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Services set for father killed in home invasion

By Staff | Jul 14, 2010

A memorial service will be held today for a Cape Coral man shot and killed during a home invasion robbery over the weekend.
Eric Leigh Stuebinger, 28, died Saturday in his home at 511 N.W. Second Ave. A memorial service will be celebrated at 4 p.m. at the Metz Chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Homes, at 1306 Lafayette St.
“Eric will be remembered as a best friend, for his kind soul, sense of humor, and his cooking and entertaining. The world has lost a dear son, father, brother and friend,” according to his obituary.
Stuebinger has two children, Brenden Christmas and Eli J. Stuebinger.
According to officials, police and fire units responded to a 911 call about a home invasion at 511 N.W. Second Ave. at about 2 p.m. Saturday. When the units arrived, they found Stuebinger on the floor in the living room. He had been shot in the chest and leg. EMS tried, but were unable to revive him.
A 24-year-old woman and her toddler son were present during the attack but were not injured. The woman told police that two unknown men entered the home through the front door, wearing masks and carrying a handgun and a Taser. They demanded drugs and money, and Stuebinger denied having any.
Stuebinger was then beaten, shot with the Taser and then killed with the gun.
Police are asking anyone who has information about the crime or the two men to contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 574-3223. People can also call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-TIPS (8477) and be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward if the tip leads to an arrest.
According to the obituary, Stuebinger was born July 1, 1982, in Aurora, Ill. He moved to Tallahassee in 1992, then to Lee County in 1994. He graduated from The Academy High School in Fort Myers in 2000.
Along with his children, Stuebinger leaves behind his mother and her husband, Gloria and Dennis Damato of Cape Coral; his father, Paul N. Stuebinger of Illinois; brothers, Schaen Curry of Fort Lauderdale and Paul J. Stuebinger of Georgia; and sister, Heather Stuebinger of Wisconsin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stuebinger’s family at 520 N.W. Seventh Place.
To leave a condolence and view his life tribute, visit online at: www.metzfuneralhome.com.