A former Williams ville resident was killed by her husband in Florida, USA, on Sunday. Her husband then shot himself and was found in his vehicle near the popular Sawgrass Mills area on Monday.
Indian River Sheriff’s Office confirmed the dead man is Pedro Torres.
He died from self-inflicted wounds, police added. Police found Torres’ wife, Trinidadian Vicky Samaroo-Torres, 45, dead in her home at 7.45 a.m and believed Pedro Torres killed her before heading towards Broward County.
Around 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sunrise police swarmed the parking lot next to the Sawgrass Mills area Rooms To Go at 1905 Flamingo Road as they surrounded a minivan matching the description of Pedro Torres’ car. About two hours later, police found Torres dead inside the minivan.
Pedro and Vicky Torres had three children, ages 19, 18, and 5. In the comments on the IRSO’s Facebook post, several people claimed to witness a violent side to Pedro Torres, including whipping a young daughter with his belt in a schoolyard.
At her Williamsville home, Vicky’s aunt Anjanie Ramai described her niece was always loving and kind.
She added, “I last saw her about one month ago, when the whole family came here for her grandfather’s funeral. I didn’t know if anything was wrong with her and her husband, because he never came to Trinidad and I never met him. No one ever said if they had problems.
“I don’t know how everyone is going to handle this. She was really a nice person. When she came here last month, I thought she was looking a little small in size, so I asked why she getting so small, but she didn’t answer.”
Ramai said if she had known anything was wrong with Vicky, she would have advised her to end the relationship, as she herself had spent almost 40 years of her life with an abusive partner.
Ramai added, “He used to beat me all the time, threaten to chop, to kill, to do all kind of things. I left him once for eight years and I went back because I thought he would have changed but it was the same thing again.”
“I will tell any woman come out of that kind of relationship. Men like that will say they will change but it is always the same thing.”
Vicky will be buried in Florida.
Police said Torres called his mother on Sunday to tell her what he had done. She went to the couple’s home and then called the sheriff’s office.
Indian River County Sheriff, Deryl Loar ,called Vicky Torres’ death a domestic violence homicide. He declined to describe how she was killed, other than to say it was not from gun violence.
PEDRO AND VICKY TORRES
A FAMILY PHOTO TAKEN LAST DECEMBER
THE FAMILY HOME AT VERO BEACH, FLORIDA