An investigation was underway Tuesday after a man killed his girlfriend, her grandson and then himself at the woman’s home, detectives say.
Manatee detectives say Golo Felix Caballero Rivero, 49, killed his girlfriend Odalys Martinez-Castiles, 50, her grandson Zakyel Hernandez, 12, and then himself.
Rivero and Martinez-Castiles had a history of domestic violence in which she had been granted a protection injunction against him in 2010. The Manatee Sheriff’s Office confirmed Rivero’s identity Tuesday morning.
The boy’s family has been investigated in the past by the sheriff’s office Child Protective Investigative Division, but the most recent contact by CPID with the family was in 2009.
“We are heartbroken to learn of this family’s loss and this terrible violence,” Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll said in an issued statement to the Bradenton Herald. “The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has opened a child death investigation to examine the circumstances surrounding the murder of this innocent child. DCF will assist MCSO in any way possible in this investigation.”
At about 2 p.m. Monday, the sheriff’s office received a 911 from an anonymous man who indicated he had found the bodies of a woman and a child in front of his house. When deputies arrived at the home in the 2000 block of 38th Avenue West in Bradenton, they didn’t find anything outside but inside they discovered the bodies of three people.
Zakyel Hernandez lived there with his grandmother, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow.
A motive was not released Tuesday, and autopsies had not been conducted.
On March 29, 2010, Rivero was arrested and charged with domestic battery after deputies say he went to Martinez-Castiles’s home in the 7600 block of 18th Street East in Sarasota and got into an argument with her that turned physical, according to an arrest report.
Only 10 days earlier, Martinez-Castiles had filed a petition in court for an injunction for protection against Rivero.
When he was arrested, Martinez-Castiles told deputies Rivero grabbed her arm aggressively and began to shake her. He then grabbed both her arms and kicked her in the stomach, she told deputies. In an attempt to try and get away from Rivero, Martinez-Castiles had slapped him.
Deputies reported seeing scratches on Martinez-Castiles’s left wrist and a scrape on her right tricep, consistent with what she said happened.
Rivero had told deputies that he had confronted Martinez-Castiles about another man she was dating and she had slapped him, and it was then that he had pushed her. Following his arrest, Rivero was ordered to stay away from Martinez-Castiles as the case was pending, but the State Attorney’s Office declined to formally file charges in April.
On April 1, 2010, Rivero was served with a permanent injunction ordering him to stay away from Martinez-Castiles indefinitely, according to court records.
On Oct. 2, 2010, Rivero was again arrested when he showed up at Martinez-Castiles’s home in the 5300 block of 14th Street West in Bradenton and insisted on talking to her, which led to an argument that turned physical when she tried to leave, according to an arrest report. She told deputies that Rivero took her keys and cell phone to try and stop her from leaving, and then pushed her to the ground.
Martinez-Castiles called the sheriff’s office and when deputies arrived, they saw Rivero standing in her carport. He was arrested and charged with domestic battery and violation of an injunction. He was released two days later on bonds totaling $4,000 and again ordered by a judge to have no contact with Martinez-Castiles .
On Oct. 14, 2010, a request was made on behalf of Martinez-Castiles to dissolve the injunction against Rivero, but a judge later denied that, court records reveal.
Later that month, the State Attorney’s Office declined to file formal charges against Rivero. Records to indicate charges were declined in both cases are no longer available.
In March 2012, Rivero petitioned to the court for an injunction against Martinez-Castiles and the same petitioned to have the order against him be removed. Martinez-Castiles was served with the temporary injunction but it was dissolved days later.