NAPLES — Joe Godcharles and his only son had breakfast together every Wednesday morning.
But that tradition ended abruptly when the 20-year-old showed up to his father's North Naples condo around 9 a.m. yesterday and found him dead inside the home. Godcharles was 48.
Collier County detectives described the death as a homicide but gave no further details on the manner of death. Family said Godcharles had lived at his condo at 8234 Key Royal Circle for about eight years.
"This is just such a shock," said his stepmother, Linda Godcharles, who lives in North Carolina. "He had a tremendous amount of friends. I guarantee you this is the blast heard 'round the world."
A Sheriff's Office spokeswoman would not say if there was forced entry into the condo or if there was property missing from inside. Investigators have not yet determined if the killing was random or if Godcharles was targeted, she said.
Linda Godcharles said Joe's son pushed through a cracked front door at the condo, where he found his father on the bed. There was blood everywhere.
"I think they were trying to steal from him," she said. "So much for a gated community."
A next-door neighbor at the condo said she was home Tuesday night and Wednesday morning but heard nothing. She declined to give her name.
Godcharles grew up working in his father's pharmacy and graduated from Countryside High School in Clearwater, his stepmother said. He was "the kind of son every parent would want."
Godcharles worked as a store manager for Walgreens at 1450 Immokalee Drive. Prior to that, he worked at an Eckerd Drugs on Marco Island, said Bonnie Peresotti, a fellow manager who knew Godcharles since 1994.
"He was my best friend in the world," she said between sobs Wednesday. "He was my best friend. He didn't have an enemy in the world, and I loved him to death."
Godcharles was well-known in the Immokalee community and participated in charity events like Relay for Life, said Peresotti's sister, Janine Tracey. Over the weekend, he went on a trip to Key West with Peresotti and her husband.
"He was just a fun guy," Tracey said. "You never had a bad time with him."
Godcharles' death marks the third homicide of the year in Collier County. As of late Wednesday, officials had not named any suspects and said they did not have anyone in custody in connection with his killing. But Godcharles' stepmother insisted that will change.
"This is not going to be going into a cold case," she said. "Whoever this person is that did this will be tracked down until my last breath."