There is one report, from 2003, in which Vilet told Miami-Dade police that she and her husband got in an argument over a cellphone. It ended with him pushing her into a wall numerous times, she said, hurting her.
The police gave her a case card and a domestic violence pamphlet.
No criminal charges were filed in court.
In 2007, the Torrez family added a third child, newborn Marcus.
Less than a year later, Gladys Blanco got a call from a woman in California. The woman said she had been dating Cid for more than a year.
According to the woman, who talked to The Herald and asked she not be identified, they met while he was delivering cargo to a business where she worked in the shipping and handling department. He started flirting immediately.
Vilet and the woman would talk, but even then she didn’t dump her husband.
Cid would get out of trucking, however. After he sold off one truck, he bragged at a family gathering about how he got top dollar for the rig: “I told the guy I gotta sell it now because my wife just died and I need to bury her,” he said, according to Nayiva
On Sept. 18, 2011, Rafael Nunez, a counselor from the couple’s church, came over to their home, according to an arrest affidavit.
As he walked inside, Vilet ran to him and hugged him, trembling and crying. He asked to speak to the couple away from the children.
In an upstairs room, Cid kept saying, “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, Vilet.”
Nunez asked Cid to leave the room. Nunez said that Vilet told him Cid had hit her several times in the face while he pinned her down on the bed. Cid also told her that he was going to kill her, Nunez said.
Cid acknowledged to Nunez that he had been violent with Vilet before.
A MUTUAL FRIEND
Carlos Prada and his wife went to the same church group counseling as Vilet and Cid.
About six months before Vilet disappeared, Cid talked to him several times, according to the affidavit. He said the marriage was over.
What’s more, Prada said Cid told him that he wanted to kill Vilet’s new boyfriend. He asked how to get an untraceable gun.
And he came up with scenarios, the affidavit said, like hiring a killer or faking a robbery. He asked about burying a body and asked Prada for help installing cameras to track Vilet.
“If I don’t have her,” Prada recalled him saying, “you know nobody will.”
Impossible, said Douglas Torrez.
“I’m his brother. He would have confided in me,” Torrez said. “And I would have said, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’ ”
HER NEW MAN
In March 2012, Vilet was in a bubble of happiness, her best friend said. Her job had given her more money and flexible hours so she could spend more time with her kids.
Her husband was out of the house, Clarissa Garcia said, and she had a boyfriend from work.
But there were also troubling developments. Vilet told Garcia she thought her husband was stalking her or tracking her phone.
Call the police, live with your mother, file for divorce from Cid, Garcia said she told her friend.
Vilet never did.
Change, like kicking out a person, filing for divorce or getting a restraining order, is the most dangerous time in an abusive relationship, the domestic violence coalition’s Wiseman said, because making the change cuts into the power and control the abuser held.