Florida women speak out on elderly parents’ murder, theft of car

Who? why? Would you do that?

Kim Melvin Hill and Tonya Mitchell sat in front of television cameras Wednesday and wondered why someone murdered their 80-year-old parents, Major and Claudette Melvin, inside their Fort Lauderdale home on March 22. , wondering if only 10 people stole it. 1 year old Ford.

“We’re angry. We’re angry. We’re very angry,” said Hill, the youngest of the couple’s 11 children. “We ask questions like that, but we’re Christians too…so you can’t think like that. Because if you believe in God, God will take care of your time, your place, and your way.” Because I have it.”

An elderly couple is shot to death in their Florida home.Police on alert for stolen car

Her sister was more outspoken.

“This maggot,” Mitchell said of the killer.

Homicide Detective Leanne Swisher (left) and killer Sergeant Donald Geiger display a photo sticker (above) on the victim’s car at a press conference about the double murder of Major and Claudette Melvin in Fort Lauderdale. Point out the damage (bottom). Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police Department. Florida police are asking for the public’s help in locating a car stolen from an elderly couple who were found shot to death in their home. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, via AP)

The case has garnered a lot of attention in South Florida, where Fort Lauderdale police issued a national warning about the couple’s red 2014 Florida Ford Focus with license plate number LTDQ16. Homicide Sergeant Donald Geiger said Wednesday there was no sign the car had left the area, but it had been spotted since the killing by automatic license plate readers that dot many of the area’s highways. He declined to say whether or not he had done so.

Guyger declined to discuss the details of the killings, but Mitchell previously said that his 89-year-old father was shot while he was sleeping on the living room couch, and that his 85-year-old mother was also shot as she emerged from the living room couch. He told reporters he had been shot. bedroom. Mitchell previously said the gunman left behind his mother’s wallet and other valuables. Claudette Melvin’s younger brother, who has special needs, was also at the home, but was not harmed. His sisters said he could not provide any information.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

The Melvins were married for 60 years. He was a retired backhoe operator and she worked as a janitor at a hospital. They had 28 grandchildren.

“They were the most loving people I’ve ever known,” Hill said. “They’ve lived in that area for (50) years, so whoever these perpetrators are…” she then stopped mid-sentence, tearful, and her voice trailed off. Ta.


“They didn’t deserve this,” her sister said.