Murder-suicide leaves 5 Florida children without parents

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —Orange County deputies have released the names of the east Orange County couple who died on Easter Sunday in what’s being called a murder-suicide.

Deputies said Pedro Rosado shot and killed Gladys Rosario, then took his own life, leaving behind five children between the ages of 2 months old to 11 years old.

Some of the children witnessed the incident.

A lone rose was left at the doorstep of the east Orlando home. Neighbors said they are very concerned about what happened.

“There were a lot of kids over there, tiny kids, and we were really sad for them,” said neighbor Nedis Bourns.

On Monday, relatives of both parents were making the children their top priority, moving their belongings to a new home. A trailer carrying the children’s belongings was pulled out of the driveway and taken to where the children will be cared for.

Waldemar Carmona is a family friend and neighbor. “They are being cared for by a family member all under one roof,” Carmona said.

Carmona and other family friends said they cannot comprehend how 39-year-old air conditioning technician Pedro Rosado, by their accounts a dedicated and loving family man, could allegedly shoot and kill Gladys Rosario in front of their children, then turn the gun on himself. “It was like a ton of bricks hitting your chest. We had no clue,” Carmona said. Carmona said he saw no indication that Rosado was anything but a dedicated family man.

“No reason to think other than, what a nice family,” Carmona said.

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