Man arrested after killing wife, 21-year-old son at Orlando home, deputies say


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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WESH)—A man is in custody after killing his wife and son at their home near South John Young Parkway early Sunday morning, officials said.

At 1:15 a.m., Orange County deputies responded to a shooting in the 11600 block of Darlington Drive.

Investigators found Jodie Rivera, 57, and Matthew Rivera, 21, with gunshot wounds. They were later pronounced dead by Orange County Fire Rescue, officials said.

Smith Rivera, 59, admitted to authorities that he killed his wife and son.

The sister of the shooter told WESH 2 News that her brother is a father of three who had been depressed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the arrest report, Rivera fired his weapon at a third person who was able to escape.

Rivera’s sister said the person that was able to escape the home was another son.

Rivera is charged with two counts of first degree murder with a firearm and one count of attempted first degree murder with a firearm.


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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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