Man kills ex-wife during TV interview

Jan. 19, 1993
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NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- During a graveside interview filmed by a television crew, the father of a teenage suicide victim shot and killed his ex-wife, who he blamed for their daughter's death, detectives said.

The shooting happened Monday about 4:30 p.m. at our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in North Lauderdale.

A reporter and cameraman for the Spanish-language Telemundo network were interviewing Emilio Nunez, 34, who had urged them to do a story about his daughter's death.

Police said Nunez blamed his former wife, Maritza Martin Munoz, 33, for the suicide of their 15-year-old daughter Joandra, who shot herself in the chest on Thanksgiving.

As the camera rolled, Nunez laid a bouquet of flowers on his daughter's grave, then began yelling that his former wife had just driven into the cemetery.

Reporter Ingrid Cruz tried to interview the ex-wife as well, asking her about her daughter. With the camera still rolling, Nunez pulled out a gun and shot Munoz five or six times with a semiautomatic handgun, police said.

'He just pushed her away and shot her many times,' Cruz said.

'It all happened just a few feet from the grave of their daughter,' said North Lauderdale Police Lt. Lou Cavallo.

It was unclear whether Nunez knew his ex-wife would be at the grave. He fled in his red 1989 Jeep Cherokee and was still being sought Tuesday.

Frank Steinhart, senior producer for Telemundo, said the crew had no idea Nunez was armed during the interview. Police were reviewing the tape.

The crew was filming the interview for the program 'Occurrio Asi,' or 'It Happened That Way.' Producers for the show said they would air the footage during an upcoming show.

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