South Florida Man Says Brother Slain in Orlando Was 'Caring Person'

Martin Martinez's brother, Alvaro Ferrey, said he wants to know why his 28-year-old brother was killed.

By Donna Rapado
|  Sunday, Jan 20, 2013  |  Updated 7:32 PM EDT
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A South Florida man is seeking the public s help to find whoever is responsible for killing his younger brother and injuring his brother s girlfriend in a shooting at an Orlando apartment on Thursday. NBC 6 reporter Donna Rapado interviews Martin Martinez's brother, Alvaro Ferrey.

A South Florida man is seeking the public s help to find whoever is responsible for killing his younger brother and injuring his brother s girlfriend in a shooting at an Orlando apartment on Thursday. NBC 6 reporter Donna Rapado interviews Martin Martinez's brother, Alvaro Ferrey.

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A South Florida man is seeking the public’s help to find whoever is responsible for killing his younger brother and injuring his brother’s girlfriend in a shooting at an Orlando apartment on Thursday.

Martin Martinez's brother, Alvaro Ferrey, said he wants to know why his 28-year-old brother was killed. He said his brother never had a problem with anyone.

"All of my feelings, I'm just really holding them inside of me,” Ferrey said. “I have been crying, and I have been emotional behind doors. I have to be strong for my sister, for my family.”

Martinez and his girlfriend, whose name hasn’t been released, were reportedly shot about 6:20 p.m. at an apartment in the Northbridge on Millenia Lake apartment complex a short distance from the Mall at Millenia. The girlfriend was taken to a hospital.

Ferrey said he hopes a witness will step up, saying that someone must know something. He said Martinez was a “very caring person,” who was just looking for work and a new life. Martinez had reportedly gone to stay in Orlando after he lost his job at PortMiami.

"There's so many things that are flowing through my mind,” Ferrey said. “I'm just very in pain with the circumstances, and I just want justice to be served for my brother.”

Ferrey added: “He was at home. He wasn't looking for trouble. You're supposed to feel safe in your own home, in your own bedroom.”

Anyone with information about the killing may call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Martinez’s brother said his family plans to have Martinez’s burial in South Florida.

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