A San Carlos Park, Fla. resident said that music was blaring from her neighbor’s house as loud as it could possibly go around 2 a.m. in the early morning hours of June 8. Just as she was getting ready to call the police about the loud music, the noise suddenly ceased.
When that neighbor and the rest of the neighborhood awoke Sunday morning, residents were surprised to see Lee County Sheriff's Office police vehicles “blocking their streets and deputies and detectives asking questions,” according to USA Today. Residents were also shocked to hear that inside the house that had been blaring the loud music, a father shot and killed his wife and three daughters who ranged in age from two to 10, and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide.
The neighbor who was getting ready to report the loud music said she never heard any shots fired. Other neighbors described the father, tentatively identified as Sonny Medina, to be “quiet, kind and gentle.” As of this writing, police have not yet formally released the names of the family members.
According to information from the Lee County Property Appraiser's website, the home was owned by Sonny E. Medina and Maria Navas.
A cousin of Sonny Medina, Oscar Aguilera, 41, of Roxboro, N.C., confirmed the family deaths.
Aguilera said his cousin Sonny was Honduran, adding that he was a cool guy and can’t understand why he would have taken the lives of his wife and daughters and then killed himself. "My aunt just called, I don't know what they're going to do," Aguilera said.
The News Press shared Sheriff Mike Scott as saying that deputies in his office were called around 2:25 a.m. on Sunday by a Spanish-speaking man. Scott wouldn’t release any other details regarding that call though.
"Our deputies found a horrific and unthinkable scene here," he said, adding that it was one of the worst he has seen. "In essence, a mass killing," he said.
"It was an absolutely horrific set of circumstances."
Scott said that the mother and three children were “executed,” and that the father was the last to die and at his own hand. Scott also said that a gun was recovered from the murder scene. Police said that Medina was actively employed by The Salvation Army in Lee County, and have no motive for Medina's actions.