Hernando father accused of murdering grown daughter, stabbing friend


SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA)– A night with friends and family ended with an argument that turned violent on Monday, now a Spring Hill man is charged with murdering his grown daughter.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said that someone called 911 at 3:46 a.m. on Monday about a shooting at 451 Rio Vista Ct. Deputies arrived on scene at 3:54 a.m. and found two injured victims.

Both victims were transported by Hernando County Fire Rescue to local trauma centers where one victim died from their injuries. Deputies say a third victim was not injured during the altercation.

A preliminary investigation found that the homeowner, Jose Walter Medeiros, his daughter, Nancy Walker, and his friend Fernando Silva, were socializing in the residence during the early morning hours on Monday.

Also at the home was Roxane Torres, a recent renter or roommate in the Medeiros residence.

Detectives say at some point an argument began. The argument escalated and then Medeiros got a firearm and shot his daughter and Silva.

From her bedroom, Torres heard the gunshots and came out to see what was happening. Torres saw Medeiros fumbling with the firearm, which had just jammed and attempted to disarm him. At the same time, Silva, who was wounded, assisted Torres in trying to disarm Medeiros. Investigators say Medeiros threatened to kill Torres during the struggle for the firearm.

Medeiros then allegedly retrieved a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Silva several times. Torres was finally able to call for help. Medeiros walked out of the house and waited for deputies in the front yard. He was taken into custody without incident.

Nancy Walker, age 44, was transported to Bayfront Health Spring Hill where she died from her injuries. Fernando Silva, age 58, was transported to a local trauma center where he is in intensive care. Roxane Torres, age 50, was not injured.

Jose Walter Medeiros, age 64, was placed under arrest and was charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree, Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree and Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon. He is being held without bond in the Hernando County Jail.


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