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Father kills entire family (except for one child) in the house then himself, cops say

Murder-suicide in Pembroke Pines leaves four dead

Pembroke Pines Police Captain Adam Feiner speaks Aug. 26, 2019, about a murder -suicide that left four people dead including a 3-year-old girl.
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Pembroke Pines Police Captain Adam Feiner speaks Aug. 26, 2019, about a murder -suicide that left four people dead including a 3-year-old girl.

A Pembroke Pines man shot and killed his wife, his mother-in-law and his 3-year-old daughter Sunday night, then shot and killed himself, police say.

Pablo Colon Jr., 35, left one family member alive: the twin sister of the slain 3-year-old, now orphaned.

The home at 1657 SW 156th Ave. in the Grove Estates subdivision of Grand Palms in Pembroke Pines had been rented the last six months by Colon and his family: wife Sandra Colon, 36; their twin girls; and Sandra Colon’s mother, 61-year-old Olga Alvarez.

Pines police say a 911 call came in around 8:27 p.m. from Alvarez screaming in Spanish for help. The line then went dead.

The dispatcher never got an address. It took a while — and another call from a family member — but investigators were able to determine from where Alvarez was calling.

“Once members of the Pembroke Pines Police Department made forced entry, four deceased victims were identified,” Pembroke Pines Capt. Adam Feiner said.

The surviving child was taken to the hospital to have her checked.

On Wednesday, aerial footage of the home in the pristine gated community in western Broward showed a large home with a shattered glass door and a pickup truck in the driveway. Residents in the area told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that it wasn’t often they saw police storm their neighborhood.

“The SWAT team was running down the street and then they got all armored up,” Greg Watson told the station. “This is very sad in a neighborhood as quiet as ours.”

No motive for the grisly deaths has been identified, Feiner said.

“The suspect didn’t leave any kind of note or any type of evidence leading us to quickly identify a motive,” Feiner said.

There were no previous calls for service in the six months the family was renting the home, police said. A check of Broward County court records shows only a series of traffic tickets for Colon Jr. A handgun was found on the scene.

State records say he was the president of the Fort Lauderdale company Pabmar Construction.

“It is amazing what happened,” Lou Rossi, who lives in the community, told CBS4. “I don’t understand it how people can do that to their entire family. It is beyond comprehension as far as I am concerned.”

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Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
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