Florida sugar factory worker, 86, allegedly shot and killed his boss after leaving his 31-year job

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Florida sugar factory worker, 86, ‘pulled a gun and shot his boss dead shortly after his request to work another year was rejected’

  • Felix Cabrera, 86, allegedly shot his boss after being told he would be fired from his job at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
  • Cabrera had worked at the Belle Glade sugar factory for 31 years, and on Friday morning he was ordered to clock out and stop working, police said.
  • When Cabrera asked his boss to work for another year for financial reasons, the victim replied ‘no’
  • Cabrera became upset and took the gun from his pocket and reportedly shot the victim multiple times, police said.
  • Police say the shooting appears to be a planned event and charged Cabrera with first-degree murder

An 86-year-old Florida sugar mill worker was arrested after allegedly shooting and killing his boss when he learned he was going to be fired.

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said Felix Cabrera, 86, shot his boss after being told he would be fired from his job at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative in Florida.

Cabrera had worked at the Belle Glade sugar factory for 31 years and on Friday morning was ordered to clock out and stop working, police said in a statement. statement.

When Cabrera asked his boss to work another year because of money worries, the victim replied “no.”

Cabrera became upset and took the gun from his pocket and reportedly shot the victim — referred to locally as a man named Billy — multiple times, police said.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the victim’s family for further comment.

Felix Cabrera, 86, (pictured) allegedly shot his boss after being told he would be fired from his job at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida

Felix Cabrera, 86, (pictured) allegedly shot his boss after being told he would be fired from his job at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida

Cabrera had worked at the sugar factory Belle Glade (pictured) for 31 years and on Friday morning he was ordered to clock out and stop working

Cabrera had worked at the sugar factory Belle Glade (pictured) for 31 years and on Friday morning he was ordered to clock out and stop working

Police were called to the workplace where they found the victim dead at the entrance to the building.

When officers found Cabrera in the building, he was still armed with the gun and was taken into custody.

Police say the shooting appears to have been a planned event and the investigation was ongoing.

Police have not identified the victim, a 67-year-old man who lived in Martin County Associated Press reported. He is also said to have worked in the sugar factory for decades.

Cabrera worked at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, a cooperative of 44 small to medium-sized member companies that grow sugar cane.

Florida is the largest producer of cane sugar in the country, accounting for one in every five teaspoons consumed, WPTV.com reported.

Cabrera worked at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, a cooperative made up of 44 small-to-medium-sized member farms that grow sugar cane

Cabrera worked at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, a cooperative made up of 44 small-to-medium-sized member farms that grow sugar cane

The cooperative released a statement about the shooting, thanking first responders and offering condolences to the victim’s family.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless violence that has taken place today. The victim was part of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative family and we pray for the victim’s loved ones, as well as all of our team members and growers,” the statement said.

We will be there for each other in the coming days, weeks and months. We also thank the first responders who responded courageously and quickly to this tragic situation. We will continue to work with local law enforcement and refer questions to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.”

Cabrera is currently going through the booking process and has been charged with first degree murder.

He is being held without bail and will appear in court for the first time on Saturday.

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