A man called quiet, kind and gentle by neighbors shot and killed his wife and three daughters before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide Sunday morning, police say.
Residents of the middle-class San Carlos Park neighborhood were shocked when they awoke Sunday to find Lee County Sheriff’s Office cars blocking their streets and deputies and detectives asking questions.
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Laurie Gretten lives across from the murder-suicide scene on Phlox Drive and said there had been a party at the home overnight that was rather loud.
“Around 2 a.m. the music was turned up as high as it would go, and I was about to call the cops when it suddenly cut off,” she said. She added she heard no gunfire and did not know anything was amiss until two Lee sheriff’s detectives knocked on her door.
Another neighbor said he knew a man who lived at the home as Sonny and loaned him tools. According to information from the Lee County Property Appraiser’s website, the home was owned by Sonny E. Medina and Maria Navas.
A cousin of Sonny Medina, Oscar Aguilera, 41, of Roxboro, N.C., confirmed the family deaths.
“My aunt just called, I don’t know what they’re going to do,” he said. “Sonny was just here on vacation two months ago. He was a cool guy. He was my best cousin. We have no idea what happened.”
Source: USA Today | Michael Braun, The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press