A Florida man believed to have killed his mother-in-law in a murder-suicide on Monday reportedly did so because he “blamed” her for his marital problems and impending divorce.
Steven Kasimow, 52, shot and killed Linda Marx, 70, in front of his home in the North Miami-Dade area on Monday evening before taking his own life hours later, the Miami Herald reports. Their deaths seem to have been preceded by some kind of disagreement or incident in the home. Police believe that Kasimow was upset when he left the house at around 5 in the evening. Marx followed him outside to confront him, at which point he shot and killed her, according to the outlet. Authorities reportedly tracked Kasimow via his cellphone and found him hours later in his parked car in Hollywood, Florida, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Kasimow allegedly killed Marx because he believed that she was the cause of problems that he was having with his wife. Aimee Marx Kasimow had “asked for a divorce,” a police source told the Miami Herald.
“The subject blamed the victim for their issues,” the outlet’s source continued.
When officers responded to the home, they found Marx “inside of a car with gunshot wounds to the head,” the Miami-Dade Police Department told Fox News. Authorities have categorized the killing and subsequent suicide as a “domestic-related murder/suicide,” according to the outlet.
A family friend confirmed as much, telling ABC’s Local 10 News, “Basically, he found out he was getting divorced.”
“He was unhappy with the divorce, and he shot his mother-in-law,” they continued.
Kasimow and Marx were both real estate agents. Marx was the founder and owner of the Linda Marx Realty firm and had more than 30 years of experience in the industry, her website states. The night before she was killed, she celebrated her 70th birthday on Sunday, according to her Facebook page.
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