Husband of Mother Found Slain Voluntarily Appeared To Talk With Police: Miami-Dade Police

Police said they have not identified Alberto Sierra as a suspect or a person of interest

By Myriam Masihy and Gilma Avalos
|  Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 11:06 PM EDT
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The deaths of Gladys Machado and her 4- and 8-year-old daughters had neighbors on edge Wednesday, including Cristina Gomez and Mario Castano.

The deaths of Gladys Machado and her 4- and 8-year-old daughters had neighbors on edge Wednesday, including Cristina Gomez and Mario Castano.

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Mother, Two Daughters Found Dead in NW Miami-Dade

A mother and her two daughters were found dead at 7310 NW 4th St. Tuesday night, Miami-Dade Police said. Friends identified the mother as Gladys Machado. Miami-Dade Police spokesman Det. Roy Rutland discusses the incident.
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The husband of the mother who was found slain along with her two daughters at 7310 NW 4th St. voluntarily appeared at a police station Wednesday to talk with authorities, Miami-Dade Police said.

Police said they have not identified Alberto Sierra as a suspect or a person of interest in the case.

A neighbor found the bodies of Gladys Machado and her 4- and 8-year-old daughters inside a bedroom walk-in closet Tuesday, with police saying they appeared to have been murdered.

The crime has neighbors on edge.

”I mean how can he kill innocent children?” Cristina Gomez said about the case.

Winona Park called it "bone-chilling."

"I never thought something like this would happen here,” she said in Spanish.

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Police have not released how and when the victims were killed. But more details emerged about the victims Wednesday.

According to court records Machado divorced the father of her three children, who included the two girls that died and a 6-year-old boy who police said was found alive elsewhere. That man showed up at the scene distraught Tuesday night and did not comment.

Neighbors said Machado was living with Sierra, a man with a long criminal history who she accused of domestic violence in 2010, according to court and Miami-Dade Corrections records. That case was later dismissed and she ended up marrying Sierra last year.

”The two daughters always had a little car that they would drive – like you know those little kid toys – and the girls looked happy but there was always something strange about the man,” Gomez said.

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