BRADENTON -- Loved ones say they believe a jealous ex-boyfriend killed 30-year-old Jazmin Catano of Bradenton.
The jealous nature of Andres Collazos, the only "person of interest" in the case named by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, drove Catano to end the relationship and move from the home they shared, according to her close personal friend, Julian Aguilar.
"She tried a couple times to end the relationship because she was tired of that," Aguilar said in Spanish. "She was tired of the relationship and she said she didn't love him. She saw him more as a friend."
Catano was found slain in her new apartment around midnight Sunday after her ex-husband, Jorge Carvalho, notified authorities that he had stumbled into a horrific crime scene when he tried to drop off their 11-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.
Deputies arrived to find Catano dead in her bedroom with evidence of trauma to her body.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office declared Collazos a person of interest Monday afternoon. MSO spokesman Dave Bristow said Wednesday there was no information to be released on the case.
Aguilar, a lifelong friend of Carvalho, also became good friends with Catano over a 12-year friendship. He recalls she started dating Collazos shortly after her separation from Carvalho.
In the beginning, Aguilar said, there were no signs of jealousy or aggressiveness from Collazos.
"I think if she knew he was dangerous she never would have gotten involved with him," Aguilar said.
Over time, however, Collazos became jealous, especially if she talked with other men.
"Once I spoke to Jazmin on the phone and the man called me and threatened me," Aguilar said.
Aguilar spoke to Catano about the incident, not knowing Collazos made a habit of listening to her phone calls.
"Later he called me and left me a voice mail saying that he was going to hit me," Aguilar said.
Aguilar said their relationship became more distant then.
"She had to distance herself from her friends when she was with him," Aguilar said. "To avoid causing her problems I would never call her, I would wait for her to call me or come by."
According to Aguilar, Catano finally talked to Collazos about ending the relationship. At the time, the couple were sharing an apartment in Champions Walk, 4148 53rd Ave W., Bradenton.
Catano found an apartment in the same community where Aguilar lived, which was economical and conveniently located for commuting to work as a clerk at the Historic Manatee County Court House and taking her son to school.
June 19 was the last time Aguilar saw her when she stopped by briefly on her way to sign her new lease. Two days later, she tried to call him but he had left for the weekend to a wedding in Miami.
Bristow confirmed Broward County Sheriff's deputies located Collazos' vehicle at the airport after learning he had flown out of Ft. Lauderdale.
"Even if someone called and knew where he was, we are still limited on what we can do right now," Bristow said.
I believe it was him," Aguilar said. "Jazmin didn't have any enemies. He is the only one that would have a motive to hurt her."
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.