Father of girl slain on school bus kills himself in Broward www.privateofficer.com
Broward County Fla Dec 29 2012 The family of a 13-year-old girl shot and killed on a school bus in Homestead last month is now planning another funeral, for her father, who committed suicide Thursday, the family said.
Armando “Alex” Guzman, 34, was found shot to death in a vehicle in Broward County. Police told the family that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Family members said he was grief-stricken and depressed over the loss of his daughter, Lourdes “Jina” Guzman-DeJesus, who was killed Nov. 20, when a student on her school bus pulled a .40 caliber gun from his backpack and it discharged, striking Jina in the neck. About eight students, including Jina’s 7-year-old sister, were on the bus, which was enroute to several Homestead-area schools.
Jordan Alexander Howe, 15, has been charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed weapon. He told police he found the gun in his home and that he had taken it to school at least once before. He also said the gun discharged accidentally when he was showing it to another student on the bus.
Howe was released from juvenile detention last week and remains on house arrest pending a hearing set for February.
The gun was legally registered to his stepfather, who kept it in a closet, authorities said.
A Guzman-DeJesus family member, David Font, said Jina’s mother, Ady DeJesus, took the news of Guzman’s death very hard, coming so soon after her daughter was laid to rest.
“All I could hear was her screaming and crying for hours,’’ said Font, whose wife is DeJesus’ cousin.
Font said that Jina had had little contact with her father before her death. He had been in prison for a period of time and lost touch with his daughter.
“It had to be that whole thing of guilt that really got to him,’’ Font said. “I heard that he had been very depressed.’’
DeJesus met Guzman while they were living near New Brunswick, N.J. The couple had one child, Jina, but never married.
Guzman provided little or no financial support for his daughter, and DeJesus worked two jobs at one point to support Jina, her younger sister and brother, Font said. Source:Miami Herald