A man was found murdered inside his northwest Miami-Dade home Tuesday, police said. Miami-Dade Police spokesman Sgt. Julio Padron, the victim's sister Deonisia Casio and the victim's cousin Sara Durez spoke about the death.
Police are investigating after a man was found murdered inside his northwest Miami-Dade home Tuesday.
According to Miami-Dade Police, the man's co-workers called authorities when he didn't show up to work Tuesday morning. When officers went to his house in the 9500 block of Northwest 4th Avenue around 2 p.m., they found his body.
"Upon arrival, the officers discovered the deceased body of a white Hispanic male. Upon the discovery of the body, the homicide unit was notified," Miami-Dade Police spokesman Sgt. Julio Padron said. "It appears at this time that the victim was murdered."
Police later identified the victim as 53-year-old Rafael Esquivel-Navas, and said he died from apparent blunt trauma and puncture wounds.
A relative of Esquivel-Navas said he was from Nicaragua and was a hard worker, showing up early at his job at the airport.
"It is too sad because my cousin was a hard-working man," said Sara Durez.
She added that her cousin worked at Miami International Airport as a cook for the last seven years. He had lived in the U.S. for the last 25 years.
Detectives spent most of the night and early morning at the man's house, gathering evidence. They said the motive appears to be robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.