Amaya Cruz was a 17-year-old Hispanic American teen who was killed at her home on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Oakland Park, Fla., according to NBC 6. Broward County Sheriff's deputies say the teen was badly beaten before she was shot to death. No one has been arrested in her murder and police have not offered a motive in the crime.
Police were dispatched to the Florida home in the 500 block of NW 41st street in Oakland Park. That is when they discovered the body of a teenage girl who had been severely beaten. Investigators say the teen, who was lying unconscious, had a gunshot wound to the body. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shortly before the discovery, neighbors told police they saw an African American man, identified as her boyfriend, drive up in a green older model vehicle. A few minutes later they could hear a woman screaming. Just after 7 a.m., Amaya Cruz' mother arrived home to find her own daughter dead. Neighbors told police that they heard the mother scream that her baby was dead and that someone had shot her, according to CBS Miami.
Amaya Cruz is described by friends and neighbors as a funny teen who always encouraged and helped her friends when they needed her. She had recently started working and attending school in an effort to put her life back on track, friends told WSVN.
Another teen was also found dead the day before just around the corner from Amaya Cruz. The two girls knew one another. Close friends say they believe the two murders are related. Police do not believe there is a connection.
Anyone with information regarding these two cases should contact Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.