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HomemiamiFlorida teacher killed in murder-suicide that leaves second victim injured: police

Florida teacher killed in murder-suicide that leaves second victim injured: police

A Florida elementary school math teacher was shot and killed in a murder-suicide outside Miami while another victim was injured in the incident, according to police.

Maria Cruz de la Cruz, 51, was found with a gunshot wound inside a home in Palmetto Estates, located south of Miami, at about 4:20 p.m. on Friday, Miami-Dade Police Department Detective Angel Rodriguez said in a statement to the New York Post.

Cruz, who was also a mother, had worked at the Doral Academy K-8 Charter School for nearly a decade when she was killed, according to a GoFundMe account established in her memory.

A man was also shot at the house before the male suspect – whose identity was not made public – turned the gun on himself and died by suicide, Rodriguez said, adding that a gun was found lying on the floor next to him.

One neighbor told the outlet that he called 911 after hearing the gunshots from his home. Another neighbor, Raidel Munoz, who lives several homes down from where the shooting happened, said the area being blocked off “is quite a surprise, to say the least.”

“Noticed a bunch of ambulances coming by, firefighters, helicopter, then I came outside to see what was going on,” Munoz said. “Quite very concerning, I never expected something like this so close to my home.”

The events leading up to the shooting remain unclear, according to police.

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