Monday, March 21, 2016

Who is "Valentine Doe?" - 25 Years Later


                                            "Valentine Doe" was found murdered on February 15, 1991 in
                                                 in a wooded area near the shoreline of the Florida Keys.  
                                          Composites by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 

South of Bahia Honda Channel Bridge, in an area known as the "horseshoe" in the Florida Keys, the body of a young woman was found on February 15, 1991.

Her death was violent.  She was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled.    

For the past 25 years, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) have tried to identify the victim, known as, "Valentine Doe," and her killer(s). 

Authorities determined that the young woman was between the ages of 16 and 25.  She had been dead for less than 24 hours when her body was discovered. She was most likely killed on Valentine's Day (February 14) 1991.  

Given the date and way in which she was killed, it is a sad irony that the young woman had a tattoo of a heart with the word, "Love" on her upper left shoulder.  

Friday, March 11, 2016

Justice for Danny Perez! Special Olympian's 2010 Murder Remains Unsolved


Danny Perez was shot and killed on the night of 
March 12, 2010 while riding his bike.

Danny Perez was an inspiration. 

He did not have an easy life.  Born in 1973 in Miami, Florida, Perez was developmentally disabled. He did not let that stop him. 

He became a dedicated and accomplished athlete.  Perez was very involved in his community, especially with the Hialeah's Edgar J. Hall Special Population Center.  He shared an apartment with his brother and used his bike for transportation.     

It was at Hialeah's Special Population Center that Perez trained for the Special Olympics.  He competed in multiple sports including, basketball, soccer, swimming, power lifting and cycling

Perez won many medals. According to Mark Thompson, Executive Director at Special Olympics Miami-Dade County,  “He [Danny] was the pillar of the program.” 

In 2008 the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County and the City of Hialeah jointly awarded Danny Perez the Inspirational Athlete of the Year award.   

According to a news article from NBC South Florida 6, Perez was, "[a] part-time coach, full-time inspiration and cheerleader" at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School.  He had graduated from the school in 1992, and returned to be a part of the school's athletic department. He was part-time coach for the football, basketball, and baseball teams. 

Danny Perez leading the charge at a football game.

Perez's inspirational life was violently cut short on the night of Friday, March 12, 2010.