Sean Rossman, Tallahassee Democrat
A South Florida man who killed his son and wife, drove to Tallahassee
on Tuesday to attack his other son before killing himself in Lake City.
Jose Maldonado, 53, of Weston, is thought to have shot his 17-year-old
son Pedro Jose Maldonado Jr. and wife Monica Narvaez-Maldonado, 47, with
a hand-held cross bow sometime Monday, according to the Broward County
Sheriff's Office. Both of their bodies were found in the family's
townhouse in Weston on Tuesday afternoon.
homicide detectives are still attempting to piece together more details
of Maldonado's actions on Monday and Tuesday. They do know that he
headed to Tallahassee, where his 21-year-old son is a Florida State
checked into the University Inn on West Tennessee Street sometime on
Monday, said Dani Moschella, public information officer for BCSO.
Tuesday morning, his son arrived at the hotel. While there, Maldonado
told him "he was worried about money and that the family was possibly
facing deportation back to Ecuador," Moschella said.
just after 7 a.m. Maldonado attacked him, shooting him with the cross
bow and trying to choke him. The son was hit in the ear with an arrow
but was able to fight Maldonado off, according to Moschella.
then fled the hotel. His son tried to call him but got no answer, said
Moschella. He also tried to call his brother and mother as well.
say Maldonado then called a friend in Miami on Tuesday afternoon and
admitted to killing his wife and son. The friend immediately notified
BCSO, which started a search for Maldonado at the family's townhouse.
finding the bodies of his family in their Weston home, authorities
received information that Maldonado may be in Columbia County.
black Volvo SUV was found at the Cabot Lodge in Lake City. After hours
of trying to contact him, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office's SWAT
team entered the room to find him dead. According to BCSO, Maldonado
slit his own throat.
Maldonado had no criminal history. Police were called to the family's townhouse a few months back for a burglary.
At this time, the son, now the only surviving member of his family, is cooperating with authorities, Moschella said.
so early in the investigation and there's so much to piece together,"
she said. "I can't imagine the depths of his sadness and loss right now.
It's always so shocking when a man kills his family."