Florida dad shoots his family, killing young son, before committing suicide

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Miami, FL, United States (4E) – A 45-year-old father from Miami, Florida allegedly gunned down his whole family Wednesday night, killing his 11-year-old son, before taking his own life.

Police believed Carlos Zuniga targeted his wife and two young children because of depression and financial strain.

Zuniga’s son, Stefan, died from gunshot wounds while his wife, 43-year-old Michelle Zuniga, and daughter, 14-year-old Lauren, sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The Miami Herald reported the couple had no record of domestic violence but a family friend said Zuniga appeared to have financial issues and planned to shut down family’s hot-air balloon company.

Reports stated Zuniga was working as an aviation safety inspector at the Federal Aviation Administration, and before that, he was a pilot for an international packaging company and Miami Air.

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