Couple held hostage speak out after Hialeah shooting
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida couple is speaking out for the first time after they where held hostage by the gunman who murdered six people at a Hialeah apartment complex.
"We've been married 33 years, and 27 of those where in that building. All my kids were born in that building, it has always been a good place, and it's just shocking," said Zoeb Nek who was taken hostage.
On July 26, Nek and his wife Farida lived through the most difficult period of their lives. Forty-Two-year-old Pedro Vargas shot and killed six innocent victims outside and inside their Hialeah apartment building.
Vargas took both Zoeb and Farida hostage and held them for hours before the SWAT team arrived on the scene, killing Vargas and rescuing the couple.
The couple said their faith is what kept them calm. "Thank God for this that I'm still alive and my wife is still alive, and the Hialeah SWAT team did a wonderful job. They took us out in two seconds," said Zoeb.
Farida said, "I was at peace. I was at peace. I was doing my prayers at that moment and everything I could do. I did my prayers which I was suppose to do at 8:15 and everything."
A memorial mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Monday night, to bring the community together to remember the six victims.
Zoeb and Farida said they will be forever grateful for the support of the residents at the building and for the Hialeah Police Department.
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