The mother of a man wanted by authorities in the killing of his ex-girlfriend in Little Havana is begging her son to turn himself in to authorities.
Celina Quintana told NBC 6’s sister station Telemundo 51 on Saturday that she hopes her fugitive son, Ifrain Quintana, 42, doesn’t kill himself while on the run.
Celina Quintana said her son, who she says has a history of mental illness, spent time years ago in a mental-health facility in Cuba. She said she and her son spoke on the phone after Friday’s killing, and it was then that her son threatened to die by suicide.
“You can get out of jail, not the cemetery,” she said in front of a news camera, hoping her son hears her message. “The police won’t kill you. They’ll take care of you and be considerate of you.”
About 2:30 p.m. Friday, Quintana allegedly shot Ariadna Gonzalez Campa in the face and chest, according to Miami police.
The shooting happened soon after Quintana confronted and taunted Gonzalez Campa alongside the sidewalk on Southwest Eighth Avenue, police said. Many people on the sidewalk saw the shooting, police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.
After the shooting, Quintana allegedly drove away in an SUV, police said. He hasn’t been seen since.
Celina Quintana said that in the days before the killing, her son was acting unusual.
He was prone to taking off his clothes, and kept saying he was worried that he no longer would be with Gonzalez Campa.
“I’m suffering here,” Celina Quintana told Telemundo 51 of her son. “Don’t kill yourself. Turn yourself in.”
Efrain Quintana’s neighbor, Alvaro Morales, said that in the days before the killing, he saw Quintana walking around publicly in his underwear. He similarly said that Quintana was worried Gonzalez Campa was ending their relationship.
“It was bad to see him in that condition,” he said. “He was agitated.”
Authorities ask anyone with information about the suspect's location to call police Detective E. Cepero at 305-603-6350.