Just days after a jilted husband's shooting rampage left his wife and three fellow female employees dead and three others wounded, the Hialeah restaurant that was the scene of the massacre has reopened.
The doors to Yoyito Restaurant at 495 E. 49th Street opened at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, as owners and workers at the family owned and operated business were still reeling from the Sunday night shooting.
Employees were seen fighting back tears as they went about their daily routine of making coffee and preparing food for customers.
"We're all really too sad and feel bad for what happened here," said an emotional Eduardo Rodriguez, owner of Yoyito's. We have to continue working, because there are too many families...that's business."
Customers began coming to the store, trickling in one at a time. Hialeah police was also there, for reassurance perhaps but also for support.
Rodriguez and the other survivors of the shooting still can't comprehend what compelled 38-year-old Gerardo Regalado to commit one of the worst South Florida shooting sprees in recent memory.
Regalado, whose estranged wife, Liazan Molina, worked at the restaurant, had apparently been trying to reconcile the relationship in the days leading up to the Sunday massacre.
Molina, 24, had moved out of the couple's home. Police said when Regalado's attempts to get her back failed, he lost it.
Video released Tuesday shows Regalado barging into the front entrance of the restaurant, pistol in hand. He pushes his way past a male employee at the door, making his way into the kitchen where Molina and her helpless fellow employees were.
Aside from Molina, the women killed included Maysel Figueroa, 32, Lavina M. Fonseca, 47, and Zaida Castillo, 56.
Police said Regalado specifically targeted women, not firing a single shot at any of the men. He fled the scene in one of the victim's cars, and was found in the car a few blocks away, dead after turning the gun on himself.
It was later discovered that Regalado is the half-brother of former New York Yankees pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez.
The three women wounded were taken to Ryder Trauma Center. Mayra Delacaridad, 55, and Yasmine Dominguez were in critical condition as on Monday, and Ivet Coronado Fernandez, 36, was in serious but stable condition. Their current conditions have not been released.
For Rodriguez, the restaurant's reopening was bittersweet. He knows they must carry on but must also still mourn their friends.
"We continue crying, but the big thing, their families...I'm sorry," said Rodriguez, getting choked up thinking about his slain employees. "They were like our family."
Yoyito normally closes at 10pm, but Wednesday, it will close at 3pm so that employees can attend the funerals of two of their co-workers.