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Man accused of killing girlfriend shoots himself after chase

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Anuska Monique Dillon and her 6-year-old daughter Anuska Monique Dillon and her 6-year-old daughter
Clifson Cerve and his white Nissan Maxima Clifson Cerve and his white Nissan Maxima

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Pembroke Pines man linked to the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend has committed suicide after leading police on a chase down Interstate 95, authorities said.

According to police, at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, a Boynton Beach Police crime scene investigator spotted Clifson Cerve's white Nissan Maxima on the southbound lanes of I-95, at Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach.

Officials attempted to stop the 26-year-old, but he refused to comply. Officers chased the vehicle on the southbound lanes of the interstate until it crashed just south of the Congress Avenue exit in Boca Raton. They then ordered the man to come out of his car, but instead, Cerve shot himself in the head, police said.

He was transported to Delray Medical Center, where he later died.

Police had been looking for Cerve after, they said, he shot and killed his girlfriend, 25-year-old Anuska Dillon, who was five months pregnant. She was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head at the couple's home in the Harbour Cove apartments in Pembroke Pines, early Thursday morning.

Police said the deadly gunshot rang right next to Dillon's 6-year-old daughter. "She was actually in the bed where her mom [was shot]," said Denisha Owens, the victim's aunt. "When he shot her, she went under the covers."

The child was not hurt. Owens said the child tried to open her mother's eyes and then ran to a neighbor's apartment to get help.

Dillon was supposed to meet with her doctor Thursday to find out the sex of her baby. "She actually had an appointment today to go get an ultrasound," said Owens. "I was supposed to take her, too, but unfortunately, that didn't happen."

Her family said the couple had been dating for about nine months and had just moved in together this past weekend. "She never said he was violent, nothing like that," said Owens. I don't know, he probably just snapped, but she never mentioned nothing."

Owens said her niece was a devoted mother who did not deserve such a violent fate. "She was a lovely, caring person," she said. "Her daughter was her heart. She loved her daughter."

Dillon's daughter is currently staying with her grandmother.

Police continue to investigate.

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