11-year-old killed in Florida murder-suicide remembered as ‘caring’

Friends of an 11-year-old girl killed in a murder-suicide allegedly carried out by her father remembered her as a “caring person” who made others feel like they “belong.”

Sunny Ramirez and her younger sister, 7-year-old Shelby Ramirez, were among five family members who were found dead inside their home in Orlando by police officers performing a welfare check around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Friends of the sisters who attended Northlake Park Community School have been flocking to the family’s home to leave flowers and stuffed animals in their memory.

Speaking through sobs of Sunny, fourth-grader Katelyn Rampersad told WESH-TV: “She’s been my best friend since the beginning of the school year, and I moved here last year and she’s basically made me feel like I belong here in Florida.”

Classmate Amarie Padovani described the 11-year-old as “just a caring person.”

Sunny Ramirez, 11, is pictured in a photo shared by friends after she was killed in a murder-suicide in Florida.
Sunny Ramirez, 11, is pictured in a photo shared by friends after she was killed in a murder-suicide in Florida.
Police performing a welfare check found the five members of the Ramirez family dead inside their Orlando home on Tuesday.
Police performing a welfare check found the five members of the Ramirez family dead inside their Orlando home on Tuesday.
Police said they believe Donovan Ramirez killed his wife and their three daughters, ages 7, 11 and 22, inside this home on Lake District Lane.
Police said they believe Donovan Ramirez killed his wife and their three daughters, ages 7, 11 and 22, inside this home on Lake District Lane.

One of the girls’ teachers who also stopped by to leave flowers at the makeshift memorial said Sunny lived up to her name and was always fun.

Investigators said they believe Donovan Ramirez, 45, killed his wife, 39-year-old Renee Ramirez, and the couple’s three children, the eldest being 22-year-old Alyssa Berumen, before taking his own life.

“At this time, it appears this is a domestic violence-related incident,” police said.

As of Thursday, there was no word on a possible motive behind the apparent murder-suicide.

Investigators said a firearm was recovered at the scene along Lake District Lane.

Sunny Ramirez was a fourth-grader Northlake Park Community School, where her friends remembered her as fun and caring.
Sunny Ramirez was a fourth-grader at Northlake Park Community School, where her friends remembered her as fun and caring.
Friends and classmates are seen embracing outside the Ramirez family's home.
Friends and classmates embrace outside the Ramirez family’s home.
Classmates and teachers of Sunny and Shelby Ramirez have been leaving flowers and teddy bears at a makeshift memorial.
Classmates and teachers of Sunny and Shelby Ramirez have been leaving flowers and teddy bears at a makeshift memorial.

A medical examiner was expected to conduct autopsies to determine how the family of five died.

Per: NYP

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