ORLANDO, Fla. — Police are trying to figure out what led to a tragic situation inside an Orlando condo.
Investigators believe a man killed his own wife and his 16-year-old daughter, then took his own life.
It happened at the Villa Medici Condo complex on Conroy Road, not far from Kirkman Road.
Police made the discovery after the woman didn’t show up for work.
She worked at a Bravo supermarket as a cashier and a manager said they tried to reach her several times throughout the week.
They went to the condo complex on Thursday because they were worried about her.
At the condo complex, a small piece of crime tape and a boarded-up door serve as small reminders of the tragedy that unfolded.
“Waking up to a police blow horn repeatedly saying, ‘step out with your hands up,’” said neighbor Joaquin Branche. “I almost felt like, I didn’t know if I was dreaming or what was happening.”
Branche saw police surrounding the building, focused on apartment 1718.
“Officers forced the front door open and three deceased persons were discovered inside,” said Orlando Police Department Chief Orlando Rolon.
Police believe a man killed his wife and 16-year-old daughter, a Doctor Phillips High School student, then took his own life.
The family had just moved to Orlando from New Jersey over the summer.
The Bravo supermarket where the woman worked identified her as Helen Espinosa. She worked last Thursday, but she didn’t show up for her shift on Saturday.
“All the employees, they’re really sad. It’s been a really sad for all of us,” said Bravo Supermarkets general manager Keele Cepeda.
The store has been in contact with Espinosa’s family in Spain and is offering to fly them out and put them up in a hotel.
Investigators are left to pick up the pieces and try to figure out how and why this happened.
Orlando police have not confirmed the names of anyone in this tragedy and have not said how they were killed.
But they do believe the suspect moved his family around and kept his wife from communicating with the rest of her family.