A Haitian-American nurse who married a pastor was shot dead by her ex-husband Sony Josaphat out of rage after seeing them together at his former house.
The story of Sony Josaphat has gone viral on social media.
According to reports, jealous and embittered Sony Josaphat shot his ex-wife and her new husband at their home just days after their wedding.
Sony Josaphat had reportedly visited the home to take a daughter to breakfast when he saw his ex-wife and her new husband and got overcome with anger.
He shot both multiple times with a handgun, then called his pastor to confess the crime.
His daughter also called 911 to report her mom and stepdad had been shot.
Public records show Sony Josaphat and his ex-wife concluded their divorce in October.
NBC News affiliate WPTV reported the shooting took place at the house in the 12000 block of Summit Run Circle, west of South Military Trail, near West Palm Beach.
The victim was born December 2nd 1978 and turned 45 this year. Her wedding was held on her birthday.
A week later, she had been shot dead.
WPTV reports she moved from Haiti 25 years ago and worked her way up to becoming a nurse practitioner. Her new husband was a pastor.
“She has never been as happy as she was now,” a sister of the victim told the publication.
Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting Saturday morning in West Palm Beach and found a man and woman dead with gunshot wounds at a residence.
A statement read: “PBSO Detectives Investigate a DOUBLE SHOOTING/HOMICIDE that occurred in the 12000 block of Summit Run Circle, WPB
“Today, at 8:36 am, deputies responded to a shooting that occurred in the 12000 block of Summit Run Circle, West Palm Beach.
“Upon arrival deputies located an adult male and female deceased from gunshot wounds. A person of interest has been identified and there is NO threat to the community.
“Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division are on scene investigating this double shooting as a double homicide.
“Detectives are in the process of getting a search warrant to investigate further. Detectives are also in the process of interviewing the “person of interest””
The person of interest turned out to be Sony Josaphat.
On Monday, the sheriff’s office said Sony had been arrested on two counts of first-degree murder.
“The family has invoked Marsy’s Law for both victims,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement, meaning their names won’t be made public. “Let’s keep them in thought and prayer during this difficult time.”
Josaphat’s daughter had called 911 Saturday morning and reported that she saw her father shoot the newlyweds.
When deputies arrived, they found the daughter and her brother at the home and the victims lying on the sidewalk outside the front door.
Josaphat reportedly formerly lived at that residence where the shooting took place, but hadn’t lived there in over a year.
NBC News reports he randomly showed up from time to time and had a history of being “controlling,”.
Josaphat was seen walking through the yard of the home before he approached the victims and opened fire.
In an interview, Josaphat told a deputy he became overtaken with “anger” when he saw a surveillance camera being installed by the front door of the home where the shooting took place, the affidavit said.
“He walked up to [redacted] and said, ‘Good morning.’ They said ‘Good morning’ back to him. Sony then shot [redacted] in the upper torso and head. He then shot [redacted] several times,” the affidavit said.
After the shooting, he called his pastor and confessed what he had done, according to the document.
He then drove to Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office headquarters, entered the main detention center courthouse and surrendered, declaring that he had just killed the victims.
Neighbors reacted to the shooting.
“I heard what sounded like gunshots, but I thought people were just working on someone’s roof so I ignored it and went into the house and then later when I went back outside that’s when I saw all the police activity out here,” Dicter Pineda told WPTV’s Cassandra Garcia.
Another neighbor said the two killings were shocking
“It’s pretty quiet and we don’t have too many things over here so I don’t know how this happened,” Deanne Germeil told WPTV reporter Cassandra Garcia.
Marsy’s law, which the family has invoked in this case, is a landmark legislation that ensure that victims have the same co-equal rights as the accused and convicted.
Marsy’s Law was named after Dr. Nicholas’ sister, Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.
Only a week after Marsy was murdered, Dr. Nicholas and Marsy’s mother, Mrs. Marcella Leach, walked into a grocery store after visiting her daughter’s grave and were confronted by the accused murderer.
The family had no idea that he had been released on bail.
The pain and suffering Marsy’s family endured after her death is typical for family members of murder victims.
They were not informed Marsy’s murderer had been released because the courts and law enforcement, though well-meaning, had no obligation to keep them informed.
While criminals have more than 20 individual rights spelled out in the U.S. Constitution, the surviving family members of murder victims have none.
But the passage of Marsy’s Law has changed that. Victims of violent crime in these states must by law be treated with respect and dignity by the criminal justice system. Courts must consider the safety of victims and families when setting bail and release conditions.
Family members have legal standing in bail hearings, pleas, sentencing, and parole hearings.
“If any good can come of something this horrible – the loss of my sister and the losses of other families of crime victims – it is that these violent acts served as a catalyst for change,” Dr. Nicholas said.
“Marsy’s Law will provide for a more compassionate justice system for crime victims in California and make that a constitutional guarantee. Now the momentum can be put behind a U.S. Constitutional Amendment so that the rights of all crime victims, anywhere in America, can be protected.”
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