Disgruntled Equinox Trainer Killed Two Co-Workers At Gym Before Killing Himself

Police say he was fired from his job an hour before the shooting. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

Police say the personal trainer who shot two co-workers before turning the gun on himself had just been fired from the Equinox gym in Coral Gables, Florida where they worked. CBS News reports 33-year-old Abeku Wilson was let go Saturday due to workplace violence and was escorted off the premises. Moments later, he returned to the gym and gunned down Janine Ackerman, 35, and 42-year-old Marios Hortis. In a press conference Sunday, Miami-Dade police said “this was not an act of random violence,” adding “both victims were targeted,” according to The Miami Herald.

Wilson was a personal trailer, competitive body-builder and male model. He was described as “very buttoned up, very proper, very appropriate,” by Marc Sarnoff, who previously trained with him. Photos on his Instagram account, which had over 3400 followers, show him working out or taking selfies with assorted family members from his native Ghana.

Roughly an hour before the shooting, Wilson had just finished up with client Eveliny Bastos-Klein, who told The Miami Herald Saturday, “I didn’t notice anything amiss.”

At some point afterwards, he was terminated from his job and escorted off the premises.  When he returned around 12:55 p.m., he was armed and targeted Ackerman, the gym's general manager, and Hortis, the fitness manager. According to ABC News, reports of gunfire sent people running for cover in the upscale shopping mall where the gym was located.

After shooting his victims, Wilson shot himself and died at the scene. Ackerman and Hortis were rushed to a nearby hospital but died from their injuries Saturday. In an email statement, Equinox said in an email that it was “deeply saddened” by the deaths of the two employees. 

[Photo: Instagram]

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