Police identify family of 5 found dead in apparent murder-suicide near Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — Police have identified the victims of an apparent murder-suicide inside a home in Orlando’s East Park neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.


Investigators said the people killed were Stephanie Renee Ramirez, 39; Alyssa Berumen, 23; Sunny Ramirez, 11; and Shelby Rose Ramirez, 7.

Police said Donovan Michael Ramirez, 45, has been identified as a suspect in connection with the deaths.

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On Tuesday, Orlando police responded to a home along Lake District Lane for a well-being check around 1 p.m.

Officers who entered the home found the victims — three adults and two children — dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

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Neighbor Justin Rossilini said the family had moved into the neighborhood only a couple of months ago.

“They seemed very normal,” Rossilini said. “Very, very nice. Like I said, they’ve only been there for two months.”

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Heather Collins said she had no idea that anything had happened until they saw officers outside the home.

“It’s actually scary if you ask me, that something that horrific could be happening right there close to you and there’s nobody there to help,” she said.

Police said a firearm was found at the scene. However, the medical examiner’s office has yet to determine an exact cause of death.

Family told Channel 9 off camera that they were emotionally lost and speechless.

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Detectives said it appears the deaths were the result of a “domestic violence-related incident.”

Mental health specialist Dwight Bain said he fears this type of violence will become more common as pressures in life keep building.

“Just because people have economic opportunity does not mean they’re happy,” Bain said. “In terms of happiness, we don’t score well in areas of mental health, Central Florida as a whole.”

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Officials remind the community that if you or someone you know is involved in a domestic violence situation, there are free resources to help.

— Harbor House of Central Florida’s 24/7 confidential crisis hotline: (407) 886-2856.

— Victim Service Center of Central Florida’s 24/7 helpline: (407)-500-HEAL.

— National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 (in English and Spanish): 1-800-799-7233.

— United Way of Central Florida 211 services: Call or text 211 for confidential domestic abuse support, and other services.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.