On Tuesday afternoon, Gladys Machado, a 29-year-old mother was found murdered alongside her two young daughters inside a closet in their Miami home. A neighbour made this gruesome discovery and then identified Gladys and her two daughters, eight year-old Julia Padrino and four year-old Daniela Padrino.
Detective Roy Rutland revealed that at around 2.30pm a neighbor smelt a foul odor emitting from their residence in Fladami, a suburb of Miami. She then went to investigate and made discovered the horrific scene, but police officers are yet to release the cause of death but have classified it as murder.
The Miami Herald has stated that Machado lived with her boyfriend, Michael Padrino, who was recently released from jail and is the father of the two deceased children as well as her six-year-old son, who is also named Michael. The boy wasn’t present during the murders.
A friend of Machado’s revealed that she had planned to meet Gladys last Friday as they had made plans, but she later cancelled on her and then was never heard from again. Kristofer Delgado, a neighbour of the victims, said, “They were nice people overall. It troubles us to see this now because we couldn’t expect anything to happen to them like this.”
On Tuesday evening friends and relatives which included Michael Padrino, gathered outside of the house to mourn the passing of this young family. Police are yet to release information regarding any suspects of the slayings but they are looking for a particular person. Michael Jnr is currently staying with his grandmother.