3 found shot dead inside West Kendall home

Posted on April 5, 2009. Filed under: Florida, murder-suicide |

Jose and Nolvia Salazar lived quiet lives in their shady West Kendall neighborhood.

The silence was shattered early Sunday when the couple and Nolvia Salazar’s daughter, Karla Valle, 27, were found shot dead in a scene that Miami-Dade police called “domestic in nature.”

Police would not call the deaths a case of murder-suicide, but said they were not looking for a shooter.

Neighbors in the 7400 block of Southwest 159th Place said they believed it was a murder-suicide, with Jose Salazar, 68, shooting his 57-year-old wife and stepdaughter.

If true, Sunday’s killings would continue a morbid streak of murder-suicides, following two others and a third attempted in Miami-Dade County since February.

The shootings at the Salazar home took place shortly before 2 a.m. Neighbor Steve Murphy, 51, said he woke up to the sound of fighting.

”We heard five shots, pretty close together, then about two minutes later another gunshot,” Murphy said. “And then silence.”

Murphy ran outside to pull his barking dog indoors, and called 911.

Police officers flooded the neighborhood, residents said. The sirens and the helicopters buzzing overhead were the first clues most had that something was wrong.

Inside the house, officers found all three people dead.

Sunday afternoon, neighbors said they had no idea what provoked the shootings. Jose Salazar never spoke of any financial problems and bragged about having paid off his cars and the house, said Belkis Barrios, 44, who lives a few houses down the street. More on Miami Herald

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