Florida sheriff: Man guns down 3 daughters, wife, himself in ‘everyday USA’ mass killing

By David Edwards
Monday, June 9, 2014 8:52 EDT
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Maria Antonia Navas and her 3 daughters (WBBH)
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Police in Florida believe a San Carlos Park man fatally shot his three children, his wife and then turned the gun on himself over the weekend.

Lee Sheriff Mike Scott told the Naples Daily News that 36-year-old Sonny Enrique “Quique” Medina left a note before shooting 29-year-old Maria Antonia Navas, 10-year-old Allison Navas, 6-year-old Sophia Medina-Navas, and 2-year-old Mia Medina-Navas early Sunday morning. Scott declined to reveal the contents of the note due to an ongoing investigation.

Scott called the incident the single-largest mass shooting in Lee County history.

“This is everyday USA behind me,” Scott said on Sunday as he was standing front of the crime scene. “Something snapped, something went terribly wrong. And we’ll never know the answer to why.”

WBBH reported that Enrique Medina may have been drunk after a party at the family’s home until early Sunday morning. But Scott said that the party was “not germane” to the shootings, according to Naples Daily News.

Neighbor Nathan Hovey said that his girlfriend, Jenny Brunt, heard a child scream sometime after 2 am.

“She heard a girl say, ‘You’re an evil man,’” Hovey recalled. “Then it was silence. Nothing.”

Karen Downare remembered Enrique Medina as a “kind, gentle, loving dad.”

“If you would have told me that it was possible for him to ever do this, I would have told you you’re a liar,” she insisted. “That it was not possible for that man to do that to his family.”

Watch the video below from WBBH, broadcast June 8, 2104.

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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