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Two Florida sisters were shot to death by one of the women’s ex-boyfriends—who had a history of domestic violence—before he took his own life.
Rebeca Davila, 20, and Sofia Davila, 19, were killed Wednesday morning at their Lantana-area home after a neighbor heard “horrified” screaming and gunshots and called 911, People reports.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office identified Sofia’s ex-boyfriend, Anthony Ashan Stoutt, as the prime suspect in the double homicide and issued a warrant for his arrest.
Stoutt was spotted the same day of the shootings in a white Honda Accord driving down I-95 near St. Augustine by deputies with St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputies attempted to stop him, but Stoutt refused to pull over the vehicle, leading to a chase that reached speeds of at least 90 miles per hour, according to report from the sheriff’s office obtained by Oxygen.com.
Authorities used stop sticks to disable Stoutt’s vehicle, which then slammed into the guardrail along the median of the interstate. Deputies reported hearing a “single gunshot” as the car came to a stop.
Stoutt was found unresponsive in the car with “noticeable trauma to his head” and was later pronounced dead at an area hospital, according to the report.
Less than a year ago, Rebeca Davila sought a domestic-violence injunction against her sister’s boyfriend after repeated acts of violence.
In the order, filed in September, Rebeca described an incident in which Stoutt tried to speak with Sofia at the Ivy Palm Beach, according to local station WPEC. When Rebeca tried to intervene, she said he grabbed Sofia and punched Rebeca’s boyfriend and friend.
“I fear for my safety because Anthony has stated he will kill anyone who files a restraining order against him,” she wrote. “My younger sister and I spend everyday together which is why I am filing for a restraining order. Sofia, my sister, is too scared to file a protective order.”
In another incident, Stoutt allegedly followed Sofia in a car and broke out her tail light with a hammer.
Just six weeks after the injunction was ordered, Stoutt was charged with battery after Sofia told deputies on Nov. 22 that Stoutt had grabbed her and threw a water bottle at her. At the time, she had been dating Stoutt on and off.
He had been under a restraining order at the time of the murders.
“You know the system failed us,” the victims’ sister, Jasmin, told WPEC. “We made several reports, we tried to keep this person in jail. And it just ended bad.”
Stoutt had also been on probation for beating another girlfriend in 2018, according to The Palm Beach Post. He had gone to jail in December for violating that probation and had just been released earlier this month, on July 3, before the deadly attack.
Authorities said he attacked that woman—who was not identified by the paper—in August 2018 at a Boynton Beach restaurant after she filed an order of protection against him. The woman had allegedly been on the phone taking an order for the restaurant when Stoutt ran in and slammed the phone down and demanded he talk with her outside.
The woman ran into the bathroom and locked the door; however, Stoutt allegedly kicked it in and began to attack her.
The woman suffered a broken nose and swollen eye from the brutal attack, the paper reports.
Months later in April 2019, Boynton Beach police were called to an apartment after getting a report that Stoutt had pulled the woman into his car and threatened to kill her. After a one-hour standoff with police, two people were taken out of the apartment, but the woman refused to cooperate with authorities and charges were not pursued in the case.
Stoutt's public defender had argued in January, after his client had been arrested for violating his probation, that the former high school track athlete had gone to Keiser University on a football scholarship but “struggled” with adjusting to college life and also “struggled with his mental health.” He began “drinking far too much,” attorney Sean Parys said at the time while asking the judge to sentence Stoutt to just two months in jail for the violation.
However, Stoutt remained behind bars until July.
On Saturday, the family of the Davila sisters held a vigil outside their home to honor the slain siblings, WPEC reports.
Jasmin, their sister, said the family now hopes they can come together to honor the slain siblings in a way that would prevent similar tragedies in the future.
The sisters’ mother Gloria Davila told the local station she didn’t know how she was going to go on with her life without the two women.
“They were my all,” she said. “I do want you guys to carry their names on. They were beautiful. They were wonderful. They always said that the good die young.”
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