TV news crew films Florida man as he kills his ex-wife Man flees after shooting at daughter's gravesite

January 20, 1993|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The scene of Maritza Martin Munoz collapsing under a hail of bullets has left millions of television viewers stunned.

The slaying, at the hands of Ms. Martin Munoz's ex-husband, was captured by a cameraman from the Telemundo network while a reporter witnessed the event a few feet away.

Emilio Nunez was being interviewed Monday by a crew from "Ocurrio Asi" ("It Happened That Way") about the suicide of his daughter, Yoandra Nunez. His ex-wife unexpectedly showed up at the North Lauderdale cemetery where the girl is buried. While reporter Ingrid Cruz tried to talk to her, Mr. Nunez went to his car and got a 9-mm semiautomatic pistol. Then he walked up to Ms. Martin Munoz, 33, and shot her 12 times.

"I should have done it a long time ago," Mr. Nunez said seconds after the shooting. He jumped into his car and fled, leaving behind his current wife, Odalis Perez, and her son.

Mr. Nunez, 34, remained a fugitive today. Hialeah police found his abandoned car.

The videotape aired first on Telemundo and was quickly picked up by other stations.

Mr. Nunez, who worked and lived on a farm in Delray Beach, was inconsolable over the death of his 15-year-old daughter nearly two months ago.

The young student from Northeast High School was 13 weeks pregnant when she shot herself in the chest with a .25-caliber pistol.

Distraught over the suicide, Mr. Nunez blamed Ms. Martin Munoz for the girl's death.

He had called the producers of the Telemundo program to do a story on his daughter's death.

"A human being died right there in front of me," said Ms. Cruz. "We couldn't do anything."

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