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Neighbors In Shock After Father Wife, Kids, And Mother-In-Law Killed But One Person Survived

On Sunday, Aug. 25, a 35-year-old man shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law, daughter, and himself in a murder-suicide in Florida.

But miraculously, one of his twin daughters survived the shooting.

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The Pembroke Pines Police and Fire Departments were called to the scene in this suburban Florida town in Broward County, after a woman called 911. According to a press release statement by the Pembroke Pines Police Department, the woman on the other end of the phone was screaming in Spanish.

Pembroke Pines Police Captain Adam Feiner said the woman who initially made the call was the mother-in-law. She called on Sunday, but was disconnected and never was able to relay the address of the house. Police were able to locate the address of the distressed caller.

“As police officers responded to the residence, 911 operators upgraded the call and provided information that a male subject murdered family members and intended to end his own life,” police said in a statement. “When police officers arrived, a rapid action team was immediately assembled and first responders entered the home. A preliminary investigation revealed multiple deceased victims, seemingly from gunshot wounds.”

When police and detectives arrived, they noticed the bodies in the house but didn’t realize one of the twins was alive until later.  

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The 3-year-old survived the shooting. Police said that the surviving daughter was released from a local hospital, and was currently in the care of family members until child custody arrangements are established. Those deceased include 36-year-old Sandra Colon, her mother Olga Alvarez, 61, her killer and husband  Pablo Colon, Jr., and one of his twin daughters. Police say he died of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

“Certainly this was a very traumatic event for her to experience,” the police captain said during a news conference earlier this week. “The agency has done everything possible to ensure the child has the most adequate and available resources to help her during this unfortunate incident.”

Neighbors say they are completely shocked that the husband and father of two would kill his family. He was always considered the “quiet one.”

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“I’ve never heard of anything like that here and I’ve been here for probably close to 15 years,” another neighbor said, according to the Daily Mail. Other news reports say that Pablo was the owner of his own company — a local electrical service business — and they lived well in a gated Grand Palms Golf and Country Club community. However, other media reports that he had his family had only been living in that house for six months and that it was rented. People magazine reports that the couple had only been married since May

Police say that the crime is still under investigation. 

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They are still calling Pablo a suspect in the case and can’t rule out anything until after the investigation is over. There’s no way of knowing what the motive was in this case, but whatever made him commit this alleged crime there will never be an excuse for it. Perhaps their extended family will be able to provide information as to the mindset of this killer. 

Yesterday, a local reporter noted that a trial was held where several of their family members attended.

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“Relatives pack a Broward County Courtroom for shelter hearing for 3-year-old left orphaned after a murder-suicide,” Neki Mohan tweeted. “Police say Pablo Colon Jr killed his wife, her mother and one of the twin daughters before killing himself in Pembroke Pines on Sunday Night.”

We just hope that this little girl, the surviving victim, goes to a family that will really take care of her. 

READ: Two Mothers Fighting To Get Rid Of Gun Violence Were Shot And Killed In Their Own Chicago Neighborhood

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Naked Woman Is Stuck In Storm Drain For Weeks But How She Got There Is Even More Strange

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Naked Woman Is Stuck In Storm Drain For Weeks But How She Got There Is Even More Strange

Rescuers are still scratching their heads after helping a woman out of a storm drain, where she had allegedly been trapped for weeks. Although her family is glad that the woman has been rescued, they have more questions than answers about the woman’s past few weeks.

Woman is rescued from storm drain after being missing for three weeks.

A 43-year-old woman who had been missing for three weeks was rescued Tuesday after she was found trapped inside a storm drain just a few feet away from a busy street in the Florida city of Delray Beach. She was naked and unable to stand on her own.

The bizarre rescue began when a good Samaritan heard yelling coming from a drain and called 911, according to Delray Beach Fire Rescue. How she ended up in the drain is even more unusual:

The woman told officers she went for a swim in a canal near her boyfriend’s home in West Delray Beach on March 3, according to Delray Beach police.

“While she was swimming, she came across a doorway near a shallow part of the canal. She stated she entered the doorway and noticed a tunnel,” reads the March 23 incident report. According to the report, she became curious and began walking down the tunnel, which led to another tunnel and so on until she became lost.

Thanks to the good Samaritan, the woman is now recovering.

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If it weren’t for the compassion of one bystander, the woman could still be trapped. “There’s a lady stuck in a sewer, yes ma’am, she cannot get out. She’s screaming for help … she don’t have no clothes,” a woman told the 911 operator, according to a recording of the call the Miami Herald obtained through a public record request. The woman told the operator she was in her car, with her windows down, when she heard the screams.

The woman will now undergo a mental assessment. Her mother told police she has a history of mental illness and is known for “doing odd things and making bad decisions when she is high on drugs,” according to the report. Police said she is a Methadone patient and that her last dose was the day prior to her disappearance.

Her boyfriend had reported her missing three weeks before her rescue.

The woman had been reported missing by her boyfriend on March 3, after 9 p.m., when he spoke to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say they don’t know how long the woman was in the tunnels. The woman claims she was walking in the tunnels, lost, for about three weeks until she “saw some light” and decided to sit there because she saw people walking by, according to the report. It’s unclear how long it took for someone to notice her.

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Florida Moves To Ban Iguanas (Among Other Animals) As They Start Showing Up In People’s Toilets

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Florida Moves To Ban Iguanas (Among Other Animals) As They Start Showing Up In People’s Toilets

There’s never a dull moment in Florida. The state is well known for its fondness for all things exotic and/or strange, it has a long history of accommodating religious cults and now the ex-President Trump calls the state home. But now the state is trying to clamp down on another unwanted resident – invasive reptiles that are overrunning the state and literally showing up in people’s toilets.

Florida moves to ban iguanas as they become an invasive species in the state.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has ruled that within the next few weeks the breeding and dealing of 16 of the most ecologically-damaging non-native species must be brought to a halt. The ban will apply to several types of python that have proliferated to crisis point in the Everglades, as well as all types of tegu lizards, anacondas, Nile monitor lizards and green iguanas.

Green iguanas have multiplied in Florida to such a degree since they were first spotted there in 1960 that they are regarded as an environmental hazard. They puncture seawalls, tear up sidewalks and carry salmonella.

An animal once prized as an exotic curiosity is now widely decried as a pest. The iguanas hang out on roofs, dig under houses and to the horror of home owners can crawl into sewers only to emerge, thrashing around, in the toilet bowl.

The state conservation commission now encourages Floridians to humanely kill the lizards, which can grow up to 5ft and 17lbs, on their own property. No hunting licenses are required.

Iguanas are just one of many exotic animals that have become a problem for the state.

In an effort to protect local ecology, economy, and human health, the state is making it illegal for Floridians to breed or sell such animals as Burmese and scrub pythons, Green anacondas, Nile monitors, green iguanas, and tegus, among several other invasive species. Finalized on February 25, the new rules are meant to improve the regulations on the ownership of invasive reptiles in Florida, and they’re expected to go into effect later this summer. 

“Stringent biosecurity measures are required for those entities in possession of Prohibited species to limit escapes,” declares the Florida wildlife commission in its guidelines. 

These reptiles are becoming a major menace in the state, ravaging sensitive ecosystems and wreaking havoc in urban environments. The Burmese python, for example, is now endemic in the Everglades, where it consumes a wide variety of prey. 

But not everyone is onboard with the idea of banning the sale of these animals.

When the commission debated the rules last month it was inundated with comments, many from exotic pet owners and breeders pleading for the ban not to go ahead. As the Washington Post reported, one woman burst into tears over the idea of losing her pet iguanas and pythons.

“If you take them away, I would be really messed up,” she wailed.

But the spread of invasive species through sensitive ecosystems such as the Everglades is happening at such speed that the state felt duty bound to act. The reptiles are also causing havoc in urban areas.

To soften the blow to pet owners, a concession has been tucked into the new regulations. Anyone who cannot contemplate the thought of being parted from their iguana or tegu can apply for a free permit. But the reprieve will last only for the life of the animal. Once the critter is gone, it cannot be replaced by a new pet from the list of banned species.

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