A Florida man is accused of shooting his much younger cousin with whom he had a secret sexual affair, police said.
Stephen Myers, 44, is said to have followed 21-year-old Winnie Mendoza home before killing her on July 26 around 8:00 am, according to Miami-Dade police.
Myers, who is married to Mendoza's aunt, said he had an illegal affair with her for the past two years.
Officials said that when Mendoza got out of her car, the suspect approached her with a firearm and demanded to know who she had been with all night.
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Winnie Mendoza, 21, seen on Facebook photos, was shot deadly by her jealous uncle outside her home in Miami-Dade last Friday morning
Stephen Myers, 44, is married to Mendoza's aunt, 34-year-old Luisa Amanda Mendoza, with whom he has two sons (they can be seen on a Facebook photo)
Myers is said to have followed his niece home and shot her after a heated argument
They got into a heated argument and Myers shot the victim several times and fled the scene.
Officers responded to a call from shots on the corner of Southwest 152nd Avenue and Southwest 307th Street in the Leisure City district.
Reportedly, Mendoza's mother-in-law found her body in the driveway in front of her house.
Officials said they had found a gun on the spot.
Myers drove home and confessed what he had done to his wife, 34-year-old Luisa Amanda Mendoza, WPLG Local10 reported.
The couple have two sons, the police said.
The suspect fled his home in the Keys Landing community in Homestead, but was soon traced by the police.
He later gave officers a full confession about the shooting, according to the arrest report.
According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Myers said he was jealous because he believed Mendoza had spent Thursday night with someone else.
Myers, who appeared before a judge on Saturday, has been accused of second-degree murder and was not booked under any band at Turner Guilford Correctional Center.
& # 39; The suspect would pose a threat to society, given that he has shown violence with a firearm & # 39 ;, a public prosecutor said during the hearing.
The station reported that prosecutors have his confession and detectives have the gun that they think killed Mendoza.
His next hearing is scheduled for next month.
Myers faced a district judge in Miami-Dade on Saturday (pictured). He is confronted with charges for second-degree murder and was booked without any form of imprisonment
Myers is said to have followed Mendoza home (picturedApproached her with a firearm and demanded to know who she had been with all night
The police responded to a call from shots fired into the 15000 block of SW 307th Street Friday around 8:30 AM and found Mendoza's body in the driveway in front of her house
Another uncle of the victim told it CBS Miami that she had two jobs and studied to become a pharmacist.
& # 39; We are a large family and we all feel terrible, & # 39; Angel Calderon said to the station.
& # 39; I can't tell or say anything about that person if my niece had a boyfriend or say nothing at all. You probably know more than we do. We are waiting for the details, & Calderon said.
& # 39; She doesn't drink. She's doing nothing. That's all I can tell you. She was a very good girl, & he added.
Mendoza, seen on a Facebook photo with her mother, studied to become a pharmacist and planned to celebrate her 22nd birthday in August
& # 39; We live a terrible nightmare, & # 39; told the victim's mother, Yessenia Mendoza WPLG Local10
Myers, seen on a Facebook photo with his family, reportedly driven home after shooting his cousin and confessed to his wife
Mendoza & # 39; s mother, Yessenia Mendoza, told WPLG Local10: & # 39; we live a terrible nightmare & # 39 ;.
Mendoza & # 39; s would celebrate its 22nd birthday on August 25.
She graduated from the Keys Gate Charter School in Homestead in 2015 and worked at Local10 at the Publix Super Market pharmacy.
& # 39; She worked. She had no bad habits, & Mendoza's aunt told NBC 6 in Spanish. & # 39; She was just doing work. & # 39;
Local10 reported that her school friends remember her as & # 39; just generally a sweet and beautiful person & # 39; and they don't believe Myers & # 39; claim about the affair.
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