Maria Cruz Death: Teacher Died in apparent murder-suicide at southwest Miami-Dade home

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Maria Cruz Obituary: Doral school teacher Maria Cruz has passed away and a third person was injured at a home in southwest Miami-Dade. The incident occurred at a home in the 9900 block of SW 165th Terrace on Friday.

Multiple police officers responded to the area in response to the shooting. Upon arrival, Officers found a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and another man and woman with gunshot wounds. Another woman was found at the scene but was not injured.

Emergency crews transported the injured man and woman to Jackson South Medical Centre in critical condition. Maria, a math teacher at Doral Academy, was later pronounced dead.

What Happened at Southwest Miami-Dade Home?

A day after a man shot a woman inside a Southwest Miami-Dade home, according to police, he shot a second victim before killing himself.

Miami-Dade Police on Saturday identified the woman as Maria Cruz de la Cruz.

The victim was a schoolteacher listed on Doral Academy’s website as a math teacher for the K-8 charter school.

Investigators said Cruz de la Cruz and two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds inside a home along the 9900 block of Southwest 165th Terrace in the Palmetto Estates neighborhood, Friday afternoon.

Detectives said the man with the self-inflicted gunshot wound shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paramedics rushed the other two victims in critical condition to Jackson South Medical Center, where Cruz de la Cruz succumbed to her injuries.

Police said there was another woman at the scene who was not injured. Cameras showed her and another woman speaking with officers.

Part of the neighborhood remained blocked off on Friday as officers were seen going in and out of the residence.

Detectives said the firearm was recovered.

The quiet neighborhood was left shaken, and now Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers has turned to the public, posting a flyer online and asking anyone with information to come forward.

Detectives have not specified how Cruz de la Cruz and the others involved are related.

Saturday night, the principal of Doral Academy told 7News this is a difficult time for their community.

Police have not given an update on the surviving victim’s condition, as they continue to investigate.

Doral Academy Just Arts and Management organized a GoFundMe page for Cruz de la Cruz.

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