“He’s a complex, multidimensional person,” said the Rev. Frank Corbishley, pastor at St. Bede Episcopal Church in Coral Gables, where Medina and his family are longtime congregants.
Medina is scheduled to be arraigned in Miami-Dade County Criminal Court on Aug. 29, which is when he is expected to enter a not-guilty plea. Meanwhile, his family and Alfonso’s will continue to ask what happened, what went wrong, on Aug. 8, when an on-again, off-again relationship ended in a public, tragic way.
A memorial page on Facebook for Alfonso includes condolences from people who knew her as well as strangers all over the world. It also includes dozens of photos of her in happy times — with her brother and two sisters, with her mom, with friends at Denny’s — but none with Medina.
Photos of the couple live on at the Facebook page for the Coral Gables Senior High Class of 2001, which has dozens of images from the group’s 10-year reunion at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in 2011.
One photo shows Medina and Alfonso smiling at the camera — him in a black jacket, red tie and sideways-cocked black hat, and her in a black top, black skirt and green army jacket. In another, their lips are locked in a kiss.
In a third and final photo, Medina and Alfonso are sitting alone on a couch in a corner of the room. She is looking at him with a raised eyebrow. He is leaning away and holding a smartphone, focusing its camera on Alfonso’s face.
Miami Herald reporters David Ovalle and Gustavo Solis contributed to this report.