• Accused killer in Ocoee home invasion denied bond


    OCOEE, Fla. - A judge denied bond Wednesday for a man accused of murdering a witness in an Ocoee home invasion in September.

    Alex Zaldivar, 19, was shot and killed during a home invasion in September.

    Investigators said Bessman Okafor killed Zaldivar to keep him from testifying against him and Nolan Bernard.

    Okafor was due in court the day after Zaldivar's shooting death for another home invasion at the same home where he was killed.

    Investigators said Okafor was part of a group that kicked in the door to the Ocoee home, dragged Zaldivar out of bed, and then shot him execution style.

    "What they did to him was incomprehensible the way he was executed. They will pay. I will make sure of that," said Zaldivar's father, Rafael Zaldivar.

    Through tears, Rafael Zaldivar lashed out at Okafor and his girlfriend, Sherria Gordon, who is 8 months pregnant with Okafor's child and is charged with accessory to murder.

    Investigators said Gordon lied about the gun that may have been used in the Zaldivar's shooting death.

    Zaldivar's friends, Brienna and Remington Campos, lived in the Ocoee home with him. They too were shot, but survived and are in hiding, investigators said.

    "I've spoken with them and they're devastated.  They don't understand why they survived, but they survived for a reason; that's to testify on behalf of Alex," said Rafael Zaldivar.

    "Please understand that Okafor and Gordon did not act alone," said Captain John Mina of the Orlando Police Department.

    Investigators on the newly-formed joint homicide investigation team have taken the case, and said they expect more arrests to be made.


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