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Florida Man Allegedly Killed Ex’s New Boyfriend To Take His Soul
Jose Aranibar-Camacho allegedly shot his ex, Brittany Springmyer, and her new boyfriend, Banner Vidal, in front of his 2-year-old daughter with Springmyer. Vidal died.
A man in Florida is under arrest after he allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend and her new partner in what appears to be a fit of jealous rage.
Jose L. Aranibar-Camacho, 41, is accused of shooting his ex and her new boyfriend Monday morning at a North Bay Village apartment, according to NBC Miami affiliate WTVJ. Miami-Dade Police have not released the names of the victims.
Loved ones, however, identified the surviving victim as Brittany Springmyer and the deceased victim as Banner Vidal, 28, according to ABC Miami affiliate WPLG.
Officers with the North Bay Village Police Department responded to the East Drive address at around 7:43 a.m. following reports of a shooting. Neighbors told multiple media outlets that they heard multiple gunshots and a woman screaming; video taken by WTVJ shows apparent gunshot holes near the door handle of the apartment.
“When the officers arrived, they encountered an armed subject outside of the apartment, he was immediately detained,” according to Miami-Dade officials.
In a video taken by a neighbor, Aranibar-Camacho can be heard reportedly confessing to the crime as police arrested him, according to WTVJ.
“I killed my ex’s dumba** boyfriend,” he said in Spanish, according to video captured by WTVJ. “I shot my girlfriend, too.”
He provided them the apartment number. Police say the suspect had blood on his hands.
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“Once they entered the apartment, they discovered a female and a male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds,” the statement from police said.
Springmyer was transported to an area trauma center, where she was listed in critical condition. According to WPLG, the center said her condition is improving.
Vidal was pronounced dead on the scene.
Miami-Dade police spokesperson Luis Sierra confirmed with WTVJ that the toddler daughter of Aranibar-Camacho and Springmyer was in the home when the shooting occurred.
“Thankfully, this child is OK, and she’s fine,” Sierra stated. “It is a very traumatic situation for a child to experience the incident that just occurred, but thankfully, so far, she is OK.”
Springmyer’s family say that their daughter and Aranibar-Camacho were never married and had broken up months before the shooting. Police stated Aranibar-Camacho was jealous that Springmyer and Vidal had begun living together, according to a police report obtained by WPLG.
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While in custody, Aranibar-Camacho allegedly told authorities that he went to the apartment and waited in his car for two hours before carrying out the shooting, according to the police report. He also admitted to penning a letter to his family — later found by police at his apartment — the night before the shooting, apologizing to this family.
The suspect also allegedly brought a tourniquet and QuickClot gauze in the event he was shot in the commission of his crime.
According to the report, Aranibar-Camacho thought he was “going to take the male victim’s soul,” the NBC affiliate reported.
The police report said he appeared to be under the influence at the time of his arrest, according to WPLG.
Vidal’s father, Jorge Vidal, told the ABC affiliate that Springmyer was shot in the stomach while his son was shot in the head. He confirmed that the relationship was a new one.
“He was very happy with the girlfriend,” said the father. “He told me, ‘I found the lady. The lady has a kid.’”
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His mother, Belkys Quintero, told the NBC affiliated in Spanish, "He started this relationship a little more than a month ago and he was very happy."
Springmyer's family confirmed the relationship was relatively new.
“Our family welcomed Brittany’s new boyfriend to Thanksgiving dinner only days ago,” the Springmyer family said in a statement. “They were so excited about this new phase of their lives. Her ex-boyfriend did this out of pure jealousy, an inability to move on, and a complete disregard for his daughter’s wellbeing.”
“Our daughter, Brittany, is an amazing person, but a mother first. She adores her 2-year-old girl and does everything to create the best life for her,” the family continued. “She’s also artistic, creative, and passionate about her job teaching dance.”
“Right now, we are focused on our daughter, who is still in critical condition, and our granddaughter is safe in our custody,” the Springmyer family statement continued. “Our family greatly appreciates prayers for them both.”
In an Instagram post earlier this month, Banner Vidal shared his joy about his relationship with Springmyer, WTVJ reported.
"When you find that person that just matches your vibe and syncs up with you perfectly. Thats when you know you just cant let them go," he wrote under pictures of the two of them. "Dont settle for less than a vibe like your own. Love spending every moment I can with you."
Jorge Vidal said he and his wife are “destroyed,” especially after losing another son in a construction accident several years ago, according to WPLG.
Jail records reviewed by Oxygen.com show Aranibar-Camacho is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and child neglect, all cited as crimes related to domestic violence. He is being held without bond at the Miami-Dade jail.