- Angelina Rodríguez was shot to death by her boyfriend and then he tried to kill her teenage son.
- The man also tried to take his own life but was only badly injured and remains hospitalized in serious condition.
- Angelina Rodríguez was an enterprising restaurateur who was struggling to make a life for her son.
Angelina Rodriguez was shot to death by her boyfriend and then the man shot the woman’s teenage son. The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), in Florida, is investigating the crime that has been classified as a case of domestic violence.
The murder of Angelina Rodríguez, 45, began as a fight with her partner. Then the man shot her dead in a rage. He then shot her son, leaving him badly wounded. Finally, he turned the gun on himself but his suicide attempt was unsuccessful. The man and teenager remain hospitalized in critical condition.
Angelina Rodríguez was shot to death by her boyfriend
At 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, 2022, several neighbors reported a shooting in a housing complex at 9800 West Okeechobee Road in the city of Hialeah Gardens, northwest of the Miami metropolitan area in Florida.
The first MDPD officers to arrive on the scene reported that a woman, a man and a boy were badly injured. The officers requested the presence of the paramedics from the Miami-Dade Fire Department (MDFD).
The woman was murdered on her birthday
However, when the paramedics arrived on the scene, there was nothing they could do for the woman, who was identified as Angelina Rodríguez. She was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds inside her apartment. The man and the teen were rushed to a Miami hospital.
When the death of Mrs. Angelina Rodríguez was confirmed, officers from the Homicide Division of the MDPD went to the crime scene to begin investigating the case. Angelina Rodríguez was killed on her birthday.
Angelina Rodríguez’s remains hospitalized
According to preliminary investigations by officers from the Homicide Division of the MDPD, Angelina Rodríguez lived in the apartment with her boyfriend and her 14-year-old son. At some point an argument arose between the couple for an unknown reason. The man is not the biological father of the teen.
It was in the middle of the dispute that the man decided to settle his problems with a gun. The man and boy remain at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. The teenager is already in stable condition and the man remains in critical condition.
Julio Espiritu the woman’s murderer
Officers from the MDPD Homicide Division did not officially reveal the name of the man who killed Angelina Rodríguez. However, a confidential source who spoke with Mundo Hispanico has revealed that the man’s name is Julio Espiritu, although they did not give his age.
While Julio Espiritu remains in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida, officers from the MDPD Homicide Division will not file criminal charges against him for the murder of his girlfriend Angelina Rodríguez and the injuries to the boy.
“We are very hurt by what happened”
Estarlin Camacho, a relative of Angelina Rodríguez, started a GoFundMe campaign: Angelina’s Funeral and help for her little son. She’s asking the community for help so that they can cover the costs of her funeral and her son’s medical expenses.
“We are the relatives of Angelina Rodríguez, we are very hurt by what happened on the night of January 9… I hope that her soul rests in peace and that God has her in his holy glory. Do you want to know something about her? A few months ago she had bought a restaurant,” Estarlin Camacho revealed about the woman.
Angelina Rodríguez was an enterprising woman
According to Estarlin Camacho, since Angelina Rodríguez bought the restaurant, “she hardly had time to see her relatives, she worked to have a better future like all of us… she lived next to her apartment and only saw it when she went to sleep,” she revealed about the woman’s enterprising nature.
Estarlin Camacho said that the 14-year-old boy “thanks to God is much better, but he’s injured, hopefully he will get better soon with the support of the doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center and of God. We would appreciate the support of all our friends, family or acquaintances” ends her plea.
The Epidemic of Gun Deaths
The murder of Angelina Rodríguez is one more case of a gun death in the United States. The non-profit organization National Archive on Gun Violence reported that so far in 2022, 1,206 people have already been shot to death.
As of Sunday, January 9, 2022, of those people shot to death in the United States, a total of 480 were killed and 726 committed suicide. 871 people were injured. The country experienced 15 mass shootings in which four people died in the same crime.
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