Woman Allegedly Killed Gym Buddy Who Drove Her Home After Girls' Night Out, Claims She Blacked Out

Daniela Tabares Maya drove her gym pal Yvonne Serrano home after a night on the town, only to be shot in the forehead, police said. 

By Gina Tron

A South Florida woman is accused of killing her younger friend, who'd driven her home after a girls’ night out.

Yvonne Serrano, 51, called 911 early Saturday morning to report a dead body in her Coral Springs driveway, local outlet WPTV reports. When police arrived, they found Daniela Tabares Maya, 21, inside her car, which was parked in Serrano’s driveway. She was dead from a single gunshot wound to her forehead, the Sun-Sentinel reports. 

At first, Serrano allegedly claimed that Maya was a stranger whose body she found on her property.

“I just walked out and there’s a car in my driveway with a dead body,” she told the 911 dispatcher, according to CBS Miami, adding that the woman was bleeding from her head and that fluids were running down Serrano's driveway.

Later, she admitted that they were friends and gym buddies at Training for Warriors. She allegedly changed her story to say that she woke up in the passenger seat of Maya’s car with no recollection of what had happened. Police believe Serrano shot and killed her.

Yvonne Serrano

Serrano also allegedly admitted to deleting footage from her Ring door camera and to washing her clothes before calling police, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Serrano and Maya had gone out for a movie and drinks with mutual friends before Maya drove Serrano home, WPTV reports. 

Serrano has been charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence, according to online jail records. She is being held without bail. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.

Serrano has a concealed weapons permit, according to the Sun Sentinel. She owns three guns.

An unidentified neighbor told the Sun Sentinel that he and his family tend to avoid Serrano because of her drinking. 

“We’re not 18, 19, college kids anymore,” he said. “My wife doesn’t like that kind of stuff.”

Friends, family and the gym community are now mourning Maya.

“She was an absolute inspiration at Training For Warriors,” her trainer Rick Davies told CBS Miami. “Showing them that they can make a change for themselves and be better, that’s all she wanted to do. It was a huge part of her life and everybody here loved Daniela.”

Anybody with information about Maya’s death is urged to call Det. Frank Randazzo at 954-346-1262 or frandazzo@coralsprings.org.

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