Family members have identified the man and woman whose charred bodies were found last week in the trunk of a burning car in a Hialeah warehouse parking lot.
Megan Roccelle McNulty, 22, was identified by her parents as one of the two victims found last week in a burned Mercedes in a warehouse area in west Hialeah, Hialeah police said.
The young woman’s parents, Phyllis and James McNulty, who live in Broward, said their daughter “was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“This is very hard for us,” James McNulty told El Nuevo Herald.
McMulty was found with Georbel González Rodríguez, 25, the other victim in the car. Both were shot to death and later placed in the trunk of a blue 2008 Mercedes, model 500 S, that ended up burned in the early hours of Oct. 28.
González had a romantic relationship with McNulty, 22, according to the police.
“The last time they were seen together was Saturday morning, Oct. 26,” said Carl Zogby, Hialeah police spokesman, in a press conference attended by members of McNulty’s family.
“I feel I’ve been left with a big emptiness,” the mother said in the porch of her house.
A source familiar with the case told El Nuevo Herald that the couple had been shot in the head. After the murder, which is suspected to have occurred outside Hialeah, the vehicle was driven with the bodies in the trunk to the warehouse area and parked outside 8000 West 21 Lane. Shortly after, the Mercedes was sprayed with fuel and burned to eliminate all evidence, according to the police.
The bodies were discovered when Hialeah firefighters came to the place at 3 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, to put out the fire.
The unrecognizable bodies were taken to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner and the burned vehicle is now at a Hialeah police lot.
Phyllis McNulty, made an appeal that any person who could offer information of the criminals should report it to the authorities.
“I have an emptiness in my soul; my heart is broken,” said the mother while holding the hands of her husband and of her older daughter, also named Phyllis. “I hope someone would want to help us find the monster who did this.”
James McNulty, said his daughter worked as a waitress and dreamed of going to college. He said he had seen González a couple of times but did not have much information about him.
Both victims lived in Hollywood.
Authorities showed a surveillance video of a business adjacent to the area where the victims and the car were found. The video shows the moment when the Mercedes arrives at 8000 West 21 Lane. Then a person is seen walking around the place and shortly after the vehicle begins to burn in flames.
The police said that González has a record of illegal possession of drugs, but none of his arrests were related to felonies linked to drug trafficking.
Hialeah firefighters rushed to the place at about 3 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, to put out the fire. They then discovered the bodies in the trunk, which were unrecognizable.
Without elaborating, Zogby said that detectives found evidence that the crime was committed with firearms.
“There are traces that the victims were shot,” Zogby said. “They were later placed in the car and taken to Hialeah, burning them in an effort to destroy the evidence.”
Zogby also said that the detectives suspect that more than one person participated in the crime.
“Definitely, more people must have helped the author of this crime,” Zogby said.