A Florida man murdered his estranged wife of nearly 30 years and her girlfriend when he learned of their relationship before turning the gun on himself late last week, cops say.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office officials said Saturday that Vincente Fuillerat, 53, of Lakeland, entered a home on Friday, where he fatally shot Lisa Dawn Fuillerat, 51, and a woman identified as 39-year-old Samara Routenberg.
According to police, Mr. Fuillerat was in the middle of a divorce from Lisa Dawn Fuillerat when he donned a bullet-proof vest and took a shotgun to the scene of the crime, where he entered a sliding glass door and fatally shot both women.
Lisa Fuillerat's attorney called police for a welfare check after she and Vincente failed to show up to divorce proceedings Friday.
Mr. Fuillerat was also found dead in the home, which police say surveillance footage showed him entering at about 6:30 a.m.
"This was a pre-planned event," Hillsborough County Spokeswoman Donna Lusczynski said at a weekend news conference.
Routenberg was an assistant principal at Lake Gibson Middle School in Lakeland and Lisa Fuillerat was a 6th grade teacher at the same school, WFTS reports.
In a statement, the school's principal wrote:
"Samara was an assistant principal who was hardworking and very intelligent. She oversaw the guidance department. She was kind and caring to students and fellow colleagues.
"Lisa was a skilled teacher who would find ways to help her students struggling to understand complex mathematical problems. She was incredible in the classroom. Her students loved her very much, and her passion for education was obvious to anyone who knewwill be greatly missed, and we pray for their loved ones."
According to local reports, including the Tampa Bay Times, the couple raised two children together during their 28 years of marriage.
Mr. Fuillerat was reportedly distraught over the divorce. His estranged wife's attorney said in a statement that Lisa Fuillerat and Routenberg had expressed worry about Mr. Fuillerat's state of mind.
"They were both afraid something like this might transpire," Melissa A. Wilson wrote. "It was clear throughout the process that Mr. Fuillerat was having difficulty accepting the separation and divorce proceedings."