CASSELBERRY, Fla. — Update 6/17/22
Friday afternoon, the Casselberry Police Department released three officer body camera videos connected to the triple murder-suicide on June 14.
Two of the clips are from a call on June 9, where officers responded to speak with Zuleika Lopez. Lopez was concerned about her husband’s behavior and worried about a recent gun purchase.
The third clip is from the morning of June 14, when Casselberry officers responded to the condo after someone called 911 for shots being fired. When officers arrived they found the bodies of Lopez, her son, and her mother-in-law, along with the body of Lopez’s husband, Carlos Manuel Gonzalez.
When Zuleika Lopez called 911 from her Casselberry condominium last week, she told dispatchers that she feared for her life.
“He has a gun. I didn’t know — that has scared me a lot. I need someone to search the apartment if necessary, because I’m scared for myself, my son who’s there and for my mom,” Lopez told dispatchers.
According to Casselberry Police Chief Larry Krantz, when officers arrived at the condo, they said there was no evidence of a crime or any evidence of domestic violence.
“When they spoke to her there, they were very specific,” Krantz said. Police asked Lopez if “she was a victim of a crime” or if her husband “had made any threats.”
A week later Lopez, her mother and her 15-year-old son would be found shot to death inside their Casselberry condominium.
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The suspect, Carlos Manuel Gonzalez, is believed to have killed his family before turning the gun on himself.
Police said the gun they found at the scene had been purchased legally and the man had not made any threats against anyone.
Family members said Lopez knew she was in danger but didn’t know how to handle it, only that she was scared.
“We don’t know why she stayed. We have no idea. After she called 911 the first time, it pretty much cost her her life,” they said.
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