Two Florida teens are facing felony charges in connection with the death of a man who didn’t approve of them dating.
ABC10 reports that Eveline Gainza, 17, and her 18-year-old boyfriend, Demar Turruellas, are facing charges in the shooting death of Gainza’s father, Evelio Gainza, 63. According to the police, the victim was found shot to death inside his Doral home off of the 1600 block of Southwest 141st Avenue on September 24.
Court documents indicate a family member contacted authorities to perform a welfare check on Evelio. Police found the man’s lifeless body upstairs in a bedroom, “concealed under multiple towels and bedding.” Turreullas is accused of sneaking into the home and shooting the victim in the back numerous times after Gainza picked him up and drove him to her father’s home. Afterward, Gainza allegedly helped her boyfriend hid her father under towels and blankets in the master bedroom.
“(Eveline Gainza) then cleaned the blood evidence at the scene by using bleach and paper towels, in order to conceal the evidence,” the affidavit read.
The pair reportedly cleaned the scene with bleach and paper towels, then drove to an unknown location and discarded of the shell casings. Police found the couple several days later inside the victim’s white Mercedes.
Divers with #MiamiDadePolice searching for clues in the canal behind a SW Dade home where 63-year-old Evelio Gainza was found dead inside. More details on this mysterious #homicide on @nbc6 https://t.co/0BqqHqkvaT pic.twitter.com/4BPRDXQUSC
— Amanda Plasencia (@AmandaNBC6) September 28, 2018
When authorities approached the car, Turruellas was “holding a firearm in his left hand. The defendant then dropped the firearm behind his seat where it landed on the floorboard of the vehicle,” the affidavit read.
Gainza’s mother, Jacqueline Avila, knew the victim disapproved of his daughter’s current boyfriend. She also acknowledged “everything changed” after Gainza began dating Turreullas, but Avila was shocked to learn her daughter had anything to do with Evelio’s murder.
“What is she doing? What was she thinking at that moment? What was she thinking? What was going through her mind? I had no idea what they were planning on — what they were doing.”
Both suspects later confessed after their arrest, according to police. Turuellas is charged with second-degree murder, carrying a concealed firearm, tampering with physical evidence, and attempting to remove a serial number from a firearm.
Gainza is charged with tampering with physical evidence. and accessory after the fact.
[Feature Photo: Eveline Gainza and Demar Turruellas/ Police Handout]