A North Miami Beach mother was fatally shot in front of her son after two armed men forced their way into her home. Her husband said two robbers forced them into the bathroom at gunpoint, he escaped, and returned to find his wife dead. NBC 6's Ari Odzer reports.
A North Miami Beach mother was shot to death overnight after two robbers held her family hostage in the bathroom at gunpoint before killing her, her husband said.
Clauvens Cenor said the victim is his 28-year-old wife, Guerline Noel. She was fatally shot in the bathroom at 250 NE 175th Terrace, police said.
Four family members, including the couple’s 3-year-old son and Noel’s sister, were forced by the suspects into their bathroom, Cenor said. He escaped through a window, but when he returned he found his wife.
"I saw my wife laying down on the floor inside the bathroom," he said.
The bathroom door was riddled with bullet holes, some of which hit the shower tiles. At least one of those shots hit and killed Noel in front of her son.
"The only thing I was thinking, 'Why is this happening?'" Cenor said. "They showed their faces and everything."
Police said they were called about the incident at 12:41 a.m. They said the two armed men did not force their way inside the home.
Cenor said his wife was sitting inside a car studying when the men approached her. They walked inside with her and asked for “everything,” then forced the family into the bathroom. The robbers took their cell phones, Cenor said.
"She was just the sweetest person, very devoted to her son little Marvin," neighbor Kay Kramer said. "This is such a tragedy."
The suspects are still at large. Police said they think Noel may have been targeted for some reason.
"It did not appear, based on the facts we know right now, to be a random act," North Miami Beach Police spokesman Mike Bolinger said.
Officials said they found evidence dropped by the killers a block away, but did not say what it was or how significant it might be.
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