Loved ones remember Hialeah massacre victims
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A memorial still sits outside a Hialeah apartment complex where a gunman opened fire and took the lives of six innocent people, Friday night.
Cleaning crews wearing face masks continued to remove debris out of the apartments affected in the shooting spree, Tuesday afternoon.
According to police, gunman Pedro Vargas opened fire on six innocent people and held a couple hostage for hours before a SWAT team moved in and killed him.
Carlos Gavilanes' sister said her brother, who lived in the apartment complex across the street from where Vargas was firing, was struck and killed in front of his 9-year-old son as they hurried in their home for dinner his wife had been preparing. "He heard a shot hit next to him, and he told my nephew run," said Sherlly Ontiveros, Gavilanes' sister. "He didn't realize he had been shot and a bullet went right through him."
The Pisciotti couple, who were the building's property managers, were gunned down first. Seventeen-year-old Priscilla Perez, her mother Merly Niebles and Patricio Simono would later be killed, too. "It's like a blow to the heart, like piece missing," said Pricilla's cousin Jovanni Perez.
Families are still trying to make sense of it all. "He cheated death so many times in his life," said Ontiveros.
Funeral arrangements for the victims, are set for Wednesday. In the meantime, the City of Hialeah has set-up a victims fund to help the families affected. For more information on how you can help, visit: http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21011283149076/hialeah-establishes-fund-for-the-victims/
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