Discovery of Slain Mother, Girls ‘Worst Moment of My Life'

In a recent interview, the neighbor of Gladys Del Carmen Sierra described in harrowing detail how she found Del Carmen Sierra, 29, and her daughters, Julia Padrino, 6, and Daniela Padrino, 4, last week at their family home in northwest Miami-Dade

By Donna Rapado
|  Sunday, Nov 18, 2012  |  Updated 11:33 PM EDT
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A South Florida neighbor who in a closet found the bodies of a woman and the woman's two daughters calls the discovery

A South Florida neighbor who in a closet found the bodies of a woman and the woman's two daughters calls the discovery "the worst moment of my life." NBC 6's Donna Rapado has the report. The neighbor declined to be identified.

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A South Florida neighbor who in a closet found the bodies of a woman and the woman’s two daughters calls the discovery “the worst moment of my life.”

In a recent interview, the neighbor of Gladys Del Carmen Sierra described in harrowing detail how she found Del Carmen Sierra, 29, and her daughters, Julia Padrino, 6, and Daniela Padrino, 4, last week at their family home in northwest Miami-Dade.

The triple slaying remains unsolved, so the neighbor declined to be identified, fearing for her safety.

The neighbor said she last Tuesday entered the victims’ home to do laundry and smelled an odor.

No Charges Filed Against Husband of Mother Found Killed With Daughters

She said she searched the home for the stench and traced it to a bedroom. She said she opened a bedroom closet door and quickly closed it in a matter seconds, having seen what looked like “dolls on the floor.”

“The only thing I saw was that image,” she said. “I didn’t say faces or anything else.”

She dialed 911 and tried to explain what she had seen to a dispatcher, “but I was in shock,” she said. “I didn’t know what I was saying. I could only ask for help.”

She said she can’t believe someone was capable of the killings.

“Those kids were incredible,” she said. “I still can’t believe it. I feel like it just can’t be true.”

Del Carmen Sierra’s husband was questioned by authorities last week, but he was released and no charges were filed against him, police said.

The killings remain under investigation.

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