FIU Law School Student Identified As Shooting Victim

MIAMI GARDENS – ( – The woman who died in a Miami Gardens shooting was identified Saturday as a beloved Florida International University  law school student who had high aspirations.

But police say Dannette Willory’s ambitions ended early Friday morning when she was shot to death in Miami Gardens.

Another man who has not yet been identified was also found dead at 9 a.m. at the Walden Pond Apartment Complex, 830 NW 210th Street.

Both were found suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot. Willory was inside a Gray Nissan and the man was outside of the car.

Willory had been working as an intern at the Broward State Attorney’s Office and was hoping to work as a prosecutor. She wasn’t far from achieving her dream, she would have graduated this year.

“We were shocked,” said Alexander Acosta, the dean of FIU’s College of Law. “She was interning at the State Attorney’s Office in Broward and she found her passion. She wanted to be a prosecutor. She wanted to prevent the kind of violence that took her life. You know, tonight’s such a hard night because tonight would have been a night of celebration, a night she was looking forward to. We talked about what to do tonight, and she would have wanted her classmates to be here.”

Officials at the time described what they saw.

“They were alive when fire rescue responded,” said Miami Gardens police Captain Ralph Suarez told CBS4 News on Friday. “Fire rescue tried to do everything to keep them alive but they died on the scene.”

Police say both died of gunshot wounds. Detectives did find a weapon on the scene.

At first glance, police say, it appeared to be a murder suicide but added that they were still investigating.

“There are several things, evidence that doesn’t point to an exact murder suicide, so we’re not disclosing anything at this point. We’re not speculating as to what we have,” said Capt. Suarez.

Police said they were not looking for a suspect.

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  • DB

    OMG…smh…Dannett, I keep wondering if this is a bad dream or an All Fool’s Day joke…RIP baby girl…Bad things keep happening to good people and we have no choice but to wonder why…To Ms Avril, Mr. Lucky and your brother (dont remember his name) may God bless you and keep you and grant you strength and help you to understand why Dannette with her beautiful smile and larger than life personality was called home so early…Keep the faith and I pray for God to send his angels to guide Dannett safely into heaven and the arms of
    God…Peace be with you all….DB


      May she Rest in Peace

      She is an ANGEL :-)


    Crow, Dog, please, just dont make a comment if you dont have anything to say…

    • Jane Doe

      There is no need for racist comments period. As a part white and part native Indian I find those comments offensive and what I have witnessed disguisting. It makes me angry as there are good and bad people in every race and ethnicity. I am an immigrant from another English speaking country where we all lived together and learned to respect each other and each others background. This is one thing they need to learn down here.

      • Jeny

        peylrmedrin on April 12, 2011 @MsKazz54 why would they? There are songs out there that are way worse than this that get played on radios and tv stations all the time.



  • yokolee

    Murder suicide and no weapon?

    Maybe a love triangle….?

    In any case two families are crushed, and two lives lost

    • Brown

      There was a weapon found on scene, read the story!

    • Lasandra

      Chandra Posted on Love it! Glad I had a chncae to run with you the other day! Helped me to get back on track while I was up there! Know that you keep me inspired!

  • BrownY

    You’ve just confirmed to everyone by your shallow, thoughtless, inappropriate comment, that your one of those people that cannot comprehend even the simplest of things in life. Keep it shut!!

  • Danielle

    Okay let’s not lose focus here I lost a dear friend yesterday. All the negative comments or debates please take it somewhere else. Dannette was a beautiful person inside and out. She is loved by many and highly favored. Very ambitious, down to earth, life of the party kind of girl. She will greatly be missed especially by me I will never forget you D.Willo I loved having you as a friend and a co worker. I know you would have made a great lawyer but now you’re an even better ANGEL R.I.P Babygirl

  • rausky

    I offer my condolences to both families of this terrible tragedy. May The Good Lord give you all the peace your hearts need. To those who post racist comments;this is not the time and the place for your ignorance and hatred! Have some mercy and compassion for the families who are suffering.!! It doesn’t matter whether it was a black, white or latino; wre are all the same when we cry for the loss of a loved one.
    When tragedies like these happen, its always hard to find the correct words to say.

  • myya p

    R.I.P. Dannette… Heaven just gained one more angel. Her life is a testimony to those who day in and day out beat all odds despite the circumstances before them …and to those are still alive today to show you that your troubles could be so much more. Count your blessings. Sometimes tragedy happen to great people… look at Jesus. But its a lesson in all things. Pray for understanding. My prayers are going out to her family, friends, and loved ones.

  • Jane Doe

    This is sad. Here you had a woman who was making a good life for heself and able to follow her dreams and was taken far too soon. This is a targedy.

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