FL - Romina Fernandez, 17, found burned at Sweetwater strip mall, 10 Oct 2014

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  1. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.local10.com/news/body-fo...ified-as-17yearold-rominia-fernandez/29199764

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/west-miami-dade/article3376877.html

     
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  3. fran

    fran Former Member

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    Sounds like she was taken by traffickers.

    JMHO
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  4. AzPistonsGirl

    AzPistonsGirl Detroit to the Bone

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    If traffickers, then why kill her? Because she was not cooperative? Not being a smartypants, just don't understand why they'd kill her. This is awful.
     
  5. newone

    newone 2nd mouse gets the cheese

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    wondering if there was a big complication in management of her Type 1 Diabetes -- it can be very tricky

    "The teen was born in Uruguay. By 2, she was living in Miami. At 9, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which required her to inject insulin after every meal. When Romina vanished, her upcoming doses of insulin remained intact.

    Romina had left Miami Killian Senior High last year after complications from the disease caused her to miss too many days of school."

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loc...-miami-dade/article3376877.html#storylink=cpy
     
  6. colette

    colette Active Member

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    So if she died from diabetic issues why make the fake text and phone call? Why burn her body? The man who set up the fund raiser for the family to help pay for funeral expenses says Romina was "kidnapped, tortured and murdered," Basheer Mustafa said on the page he set up to help her family.

    Mustafa, the owner of Quick Pik, the neighborhood's store, knew Romina, because she was polite and friendly when she visited the store. He organized a Sunday fundraiser at a park.

    http://www.local10.com/news/service...-was-found-near-dumpster-held-monday/29356176
     
  7. Indy Anna

    Indy Anna Well-Known Member

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    IMO, her killer was known to Romina. He recognized that she took medication; maybe she pleaded with him to let her go because she needed to take medication, so he wanted everyone to be assured her medical needs were being attended to. But, I surmise that he didn't understand the severity of her disease. Also, that he mailed Romina's mother a letter -- and let Romina phone her friends -- just before murdering Romina suggests that he wanted people to believe she disappeared of her own accord so they wouldn't look for her/report her to LE as missing. I'm thinking he's pretty young and didn't realize that a burnt body could be identified.

    The communications in Spanish -- were they a signal to her mother and friends that everything was NOT okay? May be a clue that her abductor-killer is Latino? The letter seems coerced, and I believe the phone call was, too, but Romina may have been attempting to send a message of distress the only way she knew how. If she was convinced her abductor didn't understand Spanish, Romina would surely have relayed her distress to her family & friends. Since she didn't do so but communicated in Spanish, I think it's very likely her abductor-killer speaks fluent Spanish. Otherwise, he would not have allowed her to converse with family & friends in Spanish.

    I hope LE finds Romina's killer soon and that justice will be served. :rose:
     
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    newone 2nd mouse gets the cheese

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    my post was based on earlier reports provided in the posts previous to mine. At the time I posted no cause of death had been released.

    Your link provides the torture and murder information.
     
  9. CanManEh

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    Maybe they did take her at first for the purpose of traffiking but changed thier mind after finding out she is a diabetic and if she needs insylin on a regular basis just makes for to many complications for them so they decided not to use her and killed her..
     
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    There may be DNA on the letter if the killer licked the envelope. I'm sure that LE has/is testing.
     
  11. bettiepageturner

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    I wonder how known that gas station owner is to her family, if at all? That's very nice of him to set up a fund, of course, but.. hm.
     
  12. margarita25

    margarita25 Jessica Ridgeway. Never Forgotten.

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    This is horrible.

    IIRC, there was another case (or two) recently where a teen's body was set on fire...trying to remember...anyone? Tia.

    So many cases recently where the perps text from the victim's phones, trying to act like the victims.
     
  13. Indy Anna

    Indy Anna Well-Known Member

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    One recent case is the death of 15-year-old Dominique Allen. Her body was found burning behind a home in Indianapolis. Here is the link to her thread:

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sh...y-of-15yo-girl-found-behind-Indianapolis-home
     
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    margarita25 Jessica Ridgeway. Never Forgotten.

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    margarita25 Jessica Ridgeway. Never Forgotten.

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    :bump:

    What's the latest?
     
  16. Indy Anna

    Indy Anna Well-Known Member

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    It looks like this is the most recent:

    http://www.local10.com/news/service...-was-found-near-dumpster-held-monday/29356176

    Nothing new on the investigation and not much news about Romina's murder at all. This is really sad:

     
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    Arrest Made In Death Of Sweetwater Teen
    May 8, 2015 10:06 AM

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    http://www.local10.com/news/man-arrested-in-death-of-teen-found-burning-in-sweetwater/32887030

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article20483781.html

    :(
     
  20. Greater Than

    Greater Than <b><span style="color:#000099;">WS Senior Moderato

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    Ugh, I know. I guess they don't have proof of premeditation, but I wonder why there isn't at least an additional charge of arson.

    I just saw a segment about his arrest on local news. This article has some additional information that hasn't been posted yet:

    http://www.local10.com/news/man-arrested-in-death-of-teen-found-burning-in-sweetwater/32887030
     
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    Greater Than <b><span style="color:#000099;">WS Senior Moderato

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    He had nude photos of her on his phone. Gross.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article20534058.html#storylink=cpy
     

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