Relatives try to cope after tragic shooting, chase
Update: During an investigation of the home of accused killer Antonio Feliu, at 2020 SW 100th Ave., Miami-Dade Police detectives found a fully operational hydroponics lab. Narcotics investigators seized 43 marijuana plants with a street level value of approximately $107,500.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The day after a shooting and hot pursuit ended in the tragic end of four lives, relatives of the victims have been left to pick up the pieces.
Two of the victims-- a mother and daughter-- were shot to death at their Southwest Miami-Dade home, a third victim died when she just happened to cross paths with the suicidal killer, who would shoot himself as police closed in following a deadly crash in Broward County.
It was eerily quiet, Thursday, the day after that tragic morning, outside a home located off Southwest 124th Avenue and 190th Street. Several family members of 51-year-old Vivian Gallego Martinez and her daughter, 28-year-old Anabel Benitez, removed personal items from the efficiency, including televisions and other items in bags.
Friends like Boris Anoceto leant a helping hand. "What can I say? Such a family. It has been hard."
Anoceto said he has known the family well, dating back to their days in Cuba, before they all ended up living in South Florida. "Beautiful," he said. "Beautiful, great mother, great daughter. Beautiful, the relationship between them."
He said he knew nothing of the ex-boyfriend and accused shooter, Antonio Feliu. "I don't know. I don't know nothing about him."
The domestic double murder at the home at 12341 SW 190th St. served as the jumping off point of a trail of tragedy that also took the life of an innocent bystander as Feliu sped away from pursuing police on U.S. 27, in Broward County. Forty-seven-year-old Maritza Millan Medina died when Feliu ran a red light and T-boned her sedan. In the end, four lives were lost.
Police are still trying to figure out a motive for the shooting. Ana Deamas was one neighbor who saw the police response that morning. "And all I see is [police] running in," she said. "Everybody's running in ... police and emergency, paramedics, everybody."
Martinez would be pronounced dead on the scene and Benitez was transported with critical injuries to Kendall Regional Hospital, where she later died.
Following a description from a witness, police began to pursue the suspected shooter in a Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle. A chase ensued that passed Southwest Eighth Street on Krome Avenue and continued on U.S. 27 northbound. The subject traveled at a high rate of speed, dodging vehicles and crashing into street signs.
The chase came to an end when the subject's vehicle jumped a red light and collided into another vehicle at Griffin Road in West Broward. The other driver, Millan, was ejected from her vehicle and later pronounced dead on the scene. "It's tragic," said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel at the scene of the crash. "Our hearts go out to her and her family and the people in Miami-Dade County that got hurt."
As deputies approached the subject's vehicle, shots were fired from inside the vehicle. Despite the danger, a BSO deputy and a Miami-Dade police officer retrieved Millan's body from the scene and took her away in a patrol car, but she had already passed away.
Following the shots fired, officers called for the SWAT team.olice. Four armored SWAT vehicles arrived on the scene, surrounded the vehicle and shot out the back window. "Our SWAT team fired ... basically a baton," said Israel. "We fired that at the back window so as to see what was going on inside the vehicle, so our deputies can make a decision."
SWAT members discovered the subject dead inside. "Eventually SWAT operators entered the vehicle," said Israel. "The driver of the vehicle was deceased. It appeared to be from a gunshot wound."
One resident said he had never seen that Mercedes SUV at the home before, but he knew of Feliu. "The guy, the one who was in the chase this morning, I saw him there Monday," said the resident, "and they said they saw him here yesterday in the afternoon. I wasn't here
Most of those who helped move the deceased's items from the home in Southwest Miami-Dade did not want to talk on camera. Meanwhile, police continue to investigate.
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