Neighbors call man accused of killing wife 'odd'
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Neighbors of the South Miami man accused of killing his wife and then posting a picture of her body on a social media site remember him as an eccentric and peculiar man.
It's the South Miami murder that now has the nation's attention. According to police, Derek Medina admitted to shooting and killing his wife Jennifer Alfonso at their home, located at 5555 S.W. 67 Ave., late Thursday morning, before he surrendered to South Miami Police.
Neighbors are now recounting what it was like to live so close to a man accused of murdering his wife. "He was very odd. So, when we saw the news I wasn't completely surprised because I always thought he was a little unstable," said neighbor Anne Swary. "She [Alfonso], in my opinion, behaved as someone who was maybe a little afraid of her husband."
Alfonso's stepfather, Rohan Knox, remembered her as a beautiful and kind-hearted person. "She is a gem in her own way. Loving, anything you can think of on a positive basis. She is all of that. It's just sad that she is gone, but I can only say she was a beautiful woman. A beautiful girl, a daughter."
Derek Medina Sr., the suspect's father, said his son rushed over to his home at around 11 a.m. and admitted to shooting his wife. "My son basically said that his wife picked up a knife, and they had a big fight, and he shot her," said Medina Sr. "And all he said was, 'I need to go to the police.'"
Medina Sr. said he then took his son to the South Miami police headquarters where his son told officers the same thing and surrendered.
Miami-Dade Police provided the following statement within their arrest affidavit, "The defendant advised that the victim began punching him. At which point he discharged his firearm multiple times into the victim."
It goes on to say, "The defendant advised that he then went and changed clothes and left the residence."
Neighbors who were home Thursday morning said they heard screams coming from the apartment. "Kind of like a desperate person, and there was just a lot of yelling."
Moments later, the neighborhood was flooded by police, they discovered Alfonso's body on the kitchen floor and they escorted the late woman's uninjured, 10-year-old girl from the home.
Medina Sr. said, "I'm still in shock. Just in shock right now."
But what might be even more shocking than the murder itself is what was posted to the accused killer's Facebook page: a picture of what appeared to be a bloody woman's corpse along with this message, "RIP Jennifer Alfonso."
Another message posted seconds before read, "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. Love you guys, miss you guys, take care Facebook people. You will see me in the news. My wife was punching me, and I'm not going to stand anymore with the abuse. So, I did what I did. I hope you understand me."
Problems between the now jailed Medina and his deceased wife were well documented. Medina Sr. said, "She was a beautiful woman. They always had some problems."
Marriage records show Medina and Alfonso divorced, only to remarry months later. According to police, Alfonso told her husband she was leaving him right before she was shot and killed.
Medina has been charged with first degree murder.
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