Authorities report that a 59-year-old man is in custody after the murder of his wife and son in their house near South John Young Parkway
Officers arrived at Darlington Drive reporting reports at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, when they found Jody Rivera, 57, and Matthew Rivera, 21, with gunshot wounds in the house. Both were pronounced dead on the spot. According to a police report cited by ClickOrlando, when officers examined evidence at the scene, a white Kia drove up to the house.
Smith Rivera stepped out of her, saying: “I shot my wife.” He later also confessed to killing his son. The sister of the detainee told WESH 2 News that her brother is the father of three children who became depressed after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the woman, in an attempt to cope with stress, Rivera began to abuse alcohol.
It is known that Rivera also shot at a third man who managed to escape – presumably another of his sons. The river is charged with first-degree murder using firearms, as well as attempted murder of the first degree using firearms. According to her Facebook page, Jody Rivera worked as a realtor. The last post of a woman on April 2 was her photo with the caption: “stay home, save lives.”
The couple’s son, Matthew, studied at Southwestern University. One of the brothers honored his memory on Facebook by writing: “I love you, Matthew, you have always been the best of us!” Another son of Jody and Smith Rivera also commented on what happened on social networks, writing: “Mom, I will become for you what I promised, and even more … I love you so much.” According to documents, Smith Rivera previously had a criminal record. In 2017, he was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and threats to a public servant.