Murder-suicide suspected in shooting deaths of Florida father, 11-year-old daughter, police say

Police: Murder-suicide suspected in shooting deaths of father, 11-year-old daughter

DAVIE, Fla. — Police in South Florida are investigating an apparent murder-suicide inside a Davie home involving a father and child early Monday.

Police officials told WTVJ that the father shot his 11-year-old daughter to death before turning the gun on himself.

According to WPLG, the man’s wife was cooking breakfast around 9 a.m. when she heard gunfire. Her daughter was pronounced dead at the scene, while her husband, who was in his 40s, died later at a nearby hospital.

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Officials have not yet publicly identified the deceased.

“While we were speaking to the mother, we were told that the child has a debilitating, terminal illness, which is a possibility for why this tragic incident occurred,” Lt. Mark Leone with the Davie Police Department said during a news briefing.

The nature of the girl’s illness was not immediately available.