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Man is charged with 2nd-degree murder for killing ex-girlfriend outside Lely High School

Posted at 8:28 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 20:31:57-05

EAST NAPLES, Fla. — According to a police report from the Collier County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to a suspected shooting at Lely High School Thursday night, around 8:30 p.m.

When deputies arrived, they found a female victim lying on the pavement and began rendering first aid.

Officials noted the victim had been shot multiple times in the chest.

Friday, officials identified 50-year old Jose Alfredo Avila Peña, from Naples, as the shooter.

He was arrested and is being charged with second-degree murder for shooting the victim, who was identified as his ex-girlfriend.

According to the police report, witnesses saw when Peña ran up to the victim and shot her. He then took off yelling in Spanish "I told you, I was going to get you."

The victim was attending Level one Adult English night classes at Lely High School.

Through an investigation, detectives were able to obtain security footage of the events that place Peña at the scene, where he waited in the parking lot for the victim to exist the school for over an hour.

According to the police report, Peña and the victim had been living together for several months prior to their break-up a month ago, but the break-up had not ended well.

Officials say Peña had made several comments to friends and the victim that she deserved to die.

On December 19th the victim had called Peña to complain about him harassing her friends and family.

Officials say Peña asked a witness to borrow his vehicle before the shooting.

Peña then returned the vehicle to the witness.

Officials located the vehicle and are processing it for evidence associated with the shooting.

Today we spoke with Linda Oberhaus from The Shelter for Abused Women & Children who says domestic violence victims have a tendency to minimize the danger that they are in.

"Victims are more likely to be killed at the time that they're actually leaving that relationship. I would encourage anyone who is in a domestic violence relationship to contact our 24-hour crisis hotline and do a safety plan with an advocate before actually leaving," said Oberhaus.

Oberhaus encourages anyone who is suffering domestic violence to contact The Shelter for Abused Women & Children 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 1-800-500-1119.