The great uncle of a 6-year-old girl found dead in a murder-suicide in Davie said she was an angel on Friday.
Richard Caicedo, Amira Andrade's great-uncle, spoke outside the apartments where the bodies of the girl, her father and dog were found in a minivan Thursday.
"The baby was 6 years, happy, lovely, beautiful, just angel, that's the word to describe Amira," Caicedo said.
Police say Paul Andrade, 30, of Hollywood, apparently carried out the killings through carbon monoxide poisoning, possibly because he was upset his ex-wife had recently remarried.
He and his wife had divorced about a year ago, police said. Andrade had regular visitation with his daughter, including an overnight visit with the girl Wednesday, police said.
Police said they found a suicide note at Andrade’s home. On Thursday, the bodies of Andrade, the girl and dog were found inside Andrade’s blue minivan, police said. The vehicle was parked outside his ex-wife’s apartment, police said.
“He attached the hose to the exhaust of the van, and the other end of the hose into the rear window,” said Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle.
Two teenagers found the bodies, police said.
About 6:44 a.m., officers responded to the incident in the 3700 block of Northwest 74th Avenue. The girl's mother, overcome by the tragedy, had to be hospitalized, Engle said.
Caicedo said the mother was out of the hospital in stable condition. But, he said, she would never return to the apartment. He added that there was no indication that Andrade would do this.
Funeral arrangements have been made for the little girl, he said.
Andrade's mother, Maria Cordero, said in an interview in Spanish that her son had an obsession and a sick love for his ex-wife.
Every day he would call and always tell her that he was sad and depressed because he had problems with his ex-wife, Cordero told Telemundo 51. But he couldn't get her out of his head, saying that his ex and Amira were his life, Cordero recounted.