PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Police arrested 29-year-old Alyssa Torres after she allegedly shot and killed her young daughter and 54-year-old stepfather and fled the scene, reported WPTV.
Police in the Florida town were called to the Waterleaf Townhomes and Apartments on Southeast Hillmoor Drive around 12:30 a.m. on Monday to investigate reports of a shooting. Police say 53-year-old Marisol Rivera, Torres’s stepmother, made the 911 call. She had allegedly been injured by Torres but not by gunfire, and did not sustain fatal wounds, according to reports.
When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered the bodies of Felix Rivera and Torres’s daughter, Amarilyss Martinez. Police said that Martinez was 8-years-old but family members say the girl was 7. Torres had fled in a Toyota RAV4, which was located by police approximately eight miles from the scene of the shooting.
Torres was found and taken into custody at that address around 10:30 a.m.
Police questioned the man whose address Torres had driven to following the shooting.
James Folger, 67, reportedly said that he lives on the waterfront and told police how Torres apparently showed up at his doorstep about 2:30 in the morning. He heard a knock on his door, and when he opened it he saw a naked woman standing there.
“Not even underwear on, and no shoes or socks on,” he said.
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Folger got a bathrobe and a shirt and gave them to Torres to clothe herself.
“I got her somewhat presentable and then I started asking questions and I got crazy responses,” Folger said.
A friend of the family just gave us this video of the vigil honoring 7-year-old Amarilyss Martinez.
About 100 people gathered to remember the little girl and her grandfather.
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Torres allegedly told Folger she wanted to sleep, so he let her rest for a few hours. During her slumber, Folger noticed she had left the door to the SUV open. When he went to move the vehicle, he told police that the keys and a handgun were inside. Soon after, he realized that authorities were on the hunt for his houseguest.
Alyssa Torres was booked at 4:46 p.m Monday at the St. Lucie County Jail on two counts of murder and a single aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge, reports say.
“Thus far she has admitted to shooting her family,” Assistant Chief William Vega said in a press briefing.
And Torres is continuing to cooperate with detectives, Detective Sgt. Terry Henkel said regarding the investigation.
“There’s a lot of investigation that has to be completed still,” Henkel said. “We are still working on the motives and the reasons why this crime happened.”
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A former coworker of Torres spoke out about her demeanor, noting that she was not easily pushed or angered.
“For this to happen and for them to say it’s her, I can’t wrap my head around it, what would push her to do this to her own family,” Angela McLendon said. “I don’t get it, doesn’t make sense.”
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Torres appeared before a Fort Pierce judge on Tuesday morning. A judge denied bond on the double murder charges and $150,000 on the aggravated battery charge. Torres is not allowed contact with witnesses, her mother or other family members.