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‘Worst Nightmare’: 5 People Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at Home Where Neighbors Say Family Moved in Just Months Ago


Police investigate a suspected murder-suicide. Five people were found dead in a home in Orlando, Florida.

Five people were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, say police in reports out of Orlando, Florida. Cops did not initially name the deceased, pending notification of kin, but neighbors reportedly say a family lived in the home.

Officers later named everyone. The father Donovan Michael Ramirez, 45, is the suspect, according to a statement obtained by Law&Crime. The victims are the mother Stephanie Renee Ramirez, 39, the couple’s daughters Alyssa Berumen, 22, Sunny Ramirez, 11, and Shelby Rose Ramirez, 7.

“A firearm was found at the scene,” police said, adding, “however the Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.”

“I think it’s like a worst nightmare truly,” across-the-street neighbor Heather Collins said, according to WESH. “I don’t even know what happened exactly. My heart goes out to the family. I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around any of this, especially if there were family involved.”

Her fiancé Justin Rossilini described the family as a middle-aged couple, an adult son, and two young girls.

Neighbor Cody Eades said the adult son was in his 20s, and the younger sisters as being around 6 or 7, according to WKMG.

Police said they were called Tuesday to perform a welfare check at the residence.

Rossilini said he saw a police officer looking through a car window. The officer asked him if he had seen the family. The neighbor said no.

“Last time I saw them was five days ago when they were checking the mail,” he said, according to WESH.

He realized something was wrong when one of the investigators emerged from the scene visibly shaken.

“The gentleman that came out threw up and sat in the back of the truck and had a cigarette and I said you do a job that most people never do, and I applaud what you do,” Rossilini said, according to Fox 35 Orlando.

The family had reportedly moved to the home about two months ago.

“They seemed like they were a normal family,” Rossilini said, according to WESH.

Neighbors voiced shock and dismay at what happened.

“I’m a nurse, so I don’t know them but we are very close here,” local woman Jenny Conliffe said, according to WESH. “We don’t have crimes. We don’t have break-ins. We don’t have nothing.”

“This can’t be happening,” said Eades, who did not know the family, according to WKMG. “This really can’t. It’s devastating for this neighborhood and for their family to hear about this probably on the news. If you are feeling that kind of way, don’t bring anyone else into [it]. There are so many people to talk to if you are feeling that type of way. Any men out there, any women out there, any children, please go out and seek help. It is very important for your mental health to take care of yourself.”

From police:

As we report on this tragic incident in our community, we want to remind the public of free resources out there to help you or someone you know that is involved in a domestic violence situation.

Harbor House of Central Florida 24-hour confidential crisis hotline: (407) 886-2856

Victim Service Center of Central Florida 24/7 helpline: (407)-500-HEAL

National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 and in English and Spanish: 1-800-799-7233

United Way of Central Florida 2-1-1 services: Call or text 2-1-1 for confidential domestic abuse support, and other services.

Note: Police identified the suspect and victims.

[Screenshot via WKMG]

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