Crossbow killings in Florida had authorities puzzled as to why a husband and father would kill his own wife and 17-year-old son. Only four days after the killings with a handheld crossbow, police believe that “fear of deportation and financial problems may have been the motive that caused a South Florida man to commit double-murder and then suicide,” reported CBS News Crimesider on Dec. 6, 2013.
The man accused of the crossbow killings in South Florida is 53-year-old Pedro Maldonado Sr. who, like his wife, was a native of Ecuador. Both Pedro Maldonado and his 47-year-old wife, Monica Narvaez-Maldonado, are being described by a family acquaintance as “devoted parents” to their two sons.
According to a Miami Herald report, Monica Narvaez-Maldonado talked often about Ecuador and missed it deeply. “She had a different life here. She went from living in a big house with maids and nannies in Ecuador to a small townhouse here. She would have liked to go back, but it was hard because her kids had become Americanized.”
Prior to his crossbow killing rampage, Pedro Maldonado Sr. was dealing with financial problems and his Visa had expired. Earlier in the year, Pedro Maldonado had been ordered by a court to pay $3,600 in back rent and had been denied an extended permission to stay in the country several times. Records show Pedro as vice president of Solaris Energy US, a company doing business on oil and oil-related products, and other inactive companies. Monica was listed as a consultant for oil companies in Ecuador.
On Monday, 53-year-old Pedro Maldonado Sr. shot and killed his wife Monica and his 17-year-old son Pedro Maldonado Jr. with a handheld crossbow in their Weston home in South Florida, about 13 miles west of Fort Lauderdale.
After shooting and killing his wife and son with the crossbow, Pedro Maldonado Sr. then drove 460 miles north to Tallahassee where he also tried to kill his older son, José Maldonado, who attends Florida State University.
"His dad did try to shoot him with the same handheld crossbow and the arrow hit Jose's ear," said Dani Moschella, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's department. "Then his father tried to choke him, and José luckily was able to get away."
Unaware that his mother and brother had already been killed by his father with the very same crossbow, José Maldonado never reported the attack to police.
On Tuesday, Pedro Maldonado Sr. told a friend in Miami that he had killed his wife and 17-year-old son with a crossbow and authorities found both bodies in the beds of the South Florida home shortly afterwards. There were no signs that Monica Narvaez-Maldonado or her 17-year-old son Pedro had put up a fight. Both had been shot fatally once in the head with an arrow from a crossbow early in the morning before Pedro would have arisen to get ready to go to his high school. Broward Sheriff's Detective John Curcio said that at this time “there is no way to say whether they were sleeping or surprised.”
On Wednesday around 2 a.m., authorities found the dead body of Pedro Maldonado Sr. at a hotel in the Lake City area about 100 miles east of Tallahassee. He had slit his own throat.
Following the merciless crossbow killings of his wife and son, one of Pedro Maldonado’s neighbors made a statement. "I knew them. They were good neighbors. I never heard anything from the house -- no screaming, no fighting, nothing. Terrible. I don't see why parents have to get the kids involved. If you have a problem, solve it. Do what he did far away, by himself, but leave the family alone."