ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A man who fatally shot his girlfriend early Sunday morning is not facing charges and the incident has been determined to be accidental, investigators said, but the victim's family said there are many questions that have been left unanswered.
The shooting happened at a home on Villa Drive about 3 a.m. in the Lockhart neighborhood of Orange County.
When deputies arrived at the scene, 33-year-old Tanya Alvarado was found dead in front of the home, deputies said.
"There was a victim lying on the grass in the front yard and there was a shotgun nearby," said Lt. Sheri Chehutski of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
The shooter, identified as Alvarado's boyfriend, Jorge Hernandez, was taken into custody at the home but told investigators the incident was an accident.
After investigating, authorities said the shooting appeared to be accidental and Hernandez was not going to face charges.
Alvarado's family, however, said the story doesn't add up and
it wants more answers. Family members said detectives told them the shotgun was found right next to the body and that Hernandez was crying and insisting it was an accident.
Alvarado's family members said they don't understand why Hernandez was outside with a loaded shotgun.
Hernandez's story to detectives was that he and Alvarado struggled over the loaded shotgun when it went off.
"Something is not right," said Alvarado's mother, Lillian Morales. "Something is not right, and someone is not talking in that house. Someone in that house knows what happened. They're not talking. They're not talking."
No other details have been released in the case.