HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) –Miami-Dade police are investigating a double homicide in Homestead that saw a 19-year-old shoot and kill his pregnant girlfriend’s mother, who according to some police sources say was possibly trying protect the mother from her boyfriend.
Police were called to 220 NE 12th Avenue about 7:00 a.m. Friday. At a house in the gated modular home community, they found a man and a woman fatally shot.
The woman has been identified as Deborah Ramos-Arce, 35, and the boyfriend is David Fluitt, 31.
Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta tells CBS4 that Fluitt and his girlfriend, Ramos-Arce, were in a physical altercation.
In an effort to protect his 17-year-old girlfriend’s mother, the gunman, according to a police source, attempted to shoot Fluitt.
Somehow, the mother came to be in the line of fire and was fatally shot.
The 19-year-old shooter, who has not been identified yet, then shot and killed Fruitt, according to the police spokesperson.
The dead man’s mother said he could sometimes be abusive, but did not deserve to die.
“Who is you to take my son. You have no right to take my son. That was my child, that wasn’t your child to take,“ said Fluitt’s mother, Gloria, weeping at the gate to the housing complex.
The dead woman’s father said he didn’t know what to make of the double killing.
“I don’t know today, the trouble. I don’t like it, I don’t know what happened,“ said Jose Santiago, Ramos-Arce’s father.
Police originally identified the 19-year-old shooter as Ramos-Arce’s son, but later said he is actually the boyfriend of Ramos-Arce’s 17-year-old daughter, who is pregnant.
The alleged shooter lived in the home with his pregnant girlfriend, according to his mother.
The gunman was taken into custody without incident.
He, and his girlfriend, who was in the house, are being questioned by police at Miami-Dade’s Homicide office in Doral.
According to Zabaleta, there were a total of 8 people in the home, the two victims, the 19-year-old suspect, the 17-year-old daughter, and 4 other children.
Two of the kids, ages 5 and 1, belong to Fluitt and Ramos-Arce. Two other kids, ages 9 and 10, are Fluitt’s from a previous relationship.
None of the children were hurt and all four are now in the care of the Department of Children and Families which released this statement Friday afternoon.
“We are saddened by the death of two parents in our community and we continue to grieve with their families and loved ones. The children involved in this incident are now in our care and we will continue to provide a safe environment and grief counseling as they mourn the loss of their parents. We are working closely with their families and Miami-Dade Police Department to designate safe placement for these children. All other details regarding this family are confidential as per state statute 39.202 F.S.”