Florida Man Fatally Shoots Himself, Crashes Car AFter Shooting Girlfriend
This is such a tragic story. A Florida man hoping to get back together with his ex-girlfriend ended up shooting her and fleeing from police before killing himself after she rebuffed his attempt at reconciliation.
According to Sun-Sentinel reports:
A man hoping to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend in Boynton Beach shot her on Sunday morning, then led cops on a 40-mile chase down Interstate 95 to Ives Dairy Road in Miami-Dade, where he shot himself in the head, crashed his car and died, police said.
Miami-Dade police identified the man Sunday as Samori Kwame Walden, 44, of Northwest 174th Street in Miami-Dade.
Boynton Beach police identified the woman as Jyrece McClendon, 35, of Boynton Beach. She was taken to Delray Medical Center and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said McClendon was shot at her home on Monterey Bay Drive.
“McClendon and the suspect had been boyfriend and girlfriend but ended their relationship several months ago,” Slater said in an email. “We are told the suspect showed up unannounced to McClendon’s residence in an attempt to reconcile. McClendon was not interested in a reconciliation.”
Damn, affairs of the heart can go so left when things come to an end. She’s lucky to be alive right now. Thank God she survived.
Sadly, her shooter didn’t stop there.
Boynton Beach police got the call at 7:13 a.m. As the man was leaving the scene in a blue Acura, officers arrived and tried to stop him. But he fled.
Alerted that the man was headed south on I-95, Broward Sheriff’s deputies picked up the pursuit and followed the Acura into Miami-Dade County, authorities said.
Walden’s mother, who refused to be identified, said that he called her after the shooting in Boynton Beach, and her daughter called him back in an effort to convince him to give himself up.
A woman who identified herself as Walden’s sister said that he and McClendon had dated for about two and a half years. Walden worked as an electrician, she said.
The sister told WSVN-Ch. 7 that she was on the phone with him when she heard the gunshot and the crash.
“It’s a tragedy,” said the woman, who declined to give her name when she answered a phone number listed under Walden’s name. “We are doing as well as can be expected.”
We definitely feel for the family. It’s a miracle that more people weren’t hurt. According to reports, Walden lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median before knocking down a palm tree, crossing eastbound lanes and crashing into a wall.