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Vacationing FL Cop Murdered In Tragic Scene

Vacationing FL Cop Murdered In Tragic Scene

The Miami Herald via YellowBrix

May 13, 2011

“Leonardo is a peaceful guy, he didn’t mess with anybody,” their cousin, Elizabeth Alvarez, told El Nuevo Dia. “He did not have enemies.”

But his little sister did.

According to police, Jazmin Plaza Otero recently was involved in a physical dispute with one of her sisters, which landed in the courts. Police also were investigating whether Plaza and Aviles had argued with anyone at the bar.

News footage showed detectives counting bullets and single dollar bills left strewn on the street. Fifteen .40 caliber bullets were fired, police said.

“At this stage of the investigation, we can’t disregard anything,” Feliciano told The Miami Herald. “Right now there are several angles we are pursuing. The family was distraught this morning and we could not finish the interviews.”

The murders would be followed by several more that day in Puerto Rico, bringing the number of homicides to 419 – 88 more than this time last year. But the news rattled the small town of Villalba, north of Ponce, where just two murders had been recorded in the previous three years.

Aviles lived in Homestead in a house he only moved into earlier this year. They lived with a child from his wife’s previous relationship, a son they had together, and the new twins.

Aviles stopped by his neighbor Emilio Lopez’ house on last Friday to share the news about his new daughters.

“He was so happy with them,” Lopez said. “He talked about how he’d have to chase the boys away when they grow up.”

Lopez said his friend had told him he was going to Puerto Rico for a hunting trip.“He liked to hunt deer,” Lopez said.

He had spoken to Aviles’ wife early Thursday afternoon.“She was inconsolable,” he said. “It was barely three weeks ago that she gave birth to those little girls.”

Another former neighbor, Bayardo Rios, was shocked to learn of Aviles’ death. “He was such a gentleman. Very respectful, an attentive man,” Rios said. “He gave such a good impression.” So good was the impression that Rios wrote Aviles a letter of recommendation to join the police department.”“He was such a good man,” Rios said, “and so young.”

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