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Man ‘Shot Wife And Put Picture On Facebook’

August 15th, 2013

A Florida man who allegedly shot his wife before posting a photo of her body on Facebook has been charged with murder.

Derek Medina, 31, turned himself into Miami-Dade Police telling them he had shot Jennifer Alfonso, 26, at their south Miami home after she said she was “leaving him”.Derek Medina & Jennifer Alfonso Pic: Facebook

An image of Derek Medina and Jennifer Alfonso from his Facebook page

When officers responded to the home, they found her body, as well as her 10-year-old daughter, who was unharmed.

According to a police statement, the couple became involved in a heated argument in an upstairs bedroom where Medina armed himself with a gun and pointed it at her.

Derek Medina's Florida home
Police search Derek Medina’s home in south Miami


He said his wife left the bedroom, returning later to say she was leaving him.

He says he went downstairs and confronted her in the kitchen, when she began punching him.

He claims he went back upstairs to get his gun and confronted her again, at which point she grabbed a knife. Medina said he was able to disarm her and put the knife in a drawer, but that when she began punching him again, he shot her several times.

A post on his Facebook page later read: “I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys take care Facebook people you will see me in the news.”

Derek Medina
Derek Medina is charged with murder. Pic: Miami-Dade Police Dept.


The next and final post, called “Rip Jennifer Alfonso”, was a gruesome photograph showing a woman in a black leotard slumped on the floor.

She looked like she had fallen backwards, with her legs bent to her sides and blood on her left arm and left cheek.

The photo was up for more than five hours before Facebook removed the page late on Thursday afternoon.

“The content was reported to us,” a Facebook spokeswoman said. “We took action on the profile – removing the content and disabling the profile, and we reached out to law enforcement. We take action on all content that violates our terms, which are clearly laid out on our site.”

The couple first married in January 2010, divorced in February 2012 and then remarried three months later.

On a personal blog, someone named Derek Medina touted his e-books on subjects ranging from saving marriage through communication to “humans who are gifted and can see the supernatural spirit ghost world we live in”.

Neighbour Phil Eby said he did not know the couple very well but expressed surprise at the shooting.

“I met him a couple of times. He seemed like a pretty nice guy,” he said. “But I don’t remember her at all.”

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