Miami-Dade County

Funds sought for slain beautician’s family

LONGTIME HAIRDRESSER: Panama native Aquilina ‘Nina’ Garcia, 51, started to cut and style hair at 14. She opened her own salon, Nina’s Hair Studio, in 2007 at Salonz Beauty & Spa Suites in Flagler Park Plaza.
LONGTIME HAIRDRESSER: Panama native Aquilina ‘Nina’ Garcia, 51, started to cut and style hair at 14. She opened her own salon, Nina’s Hair Studio, in 2007 at Salonz Beauty & Spa Suites in Flagler Park Plaza. Marketing Solutions Inc.

Five days after she was shot and gravely wounded by her boyfriend inside a Southwest Miami-Dade beauty salon, Aquilina “Nina” Garcia’s family said goodbye.

The family disconnected life support machines at Kendall Regional Medical Center on Feb. 12 and, according to her wishes, donated her organs.

Garcia, whose dream had always been to be a hairdresser, was 51.

Sergeuy Linares, 32, a former baseball player in Cuba, fired multiple shots at Garcia inside the studio she rented at the salon on Feb. 7 before turning the gun on himself. Linares died at the scene.

The salon, Salonz Beauty & Spa Suites at Flagler Park Plaza, 8315 W. Flagler St., is now sponsoring a fund raiser to help support her family, which includes her son, Robert Garcia, 23.

“We hope that many others will reach into their hearts and pockets to help memorialize a member of our community and industry, by helping her family cope financially during this very difficult period,” said Marc Finer of Salonz in a statement.

Donations via credit card can be made at http://go<code_dp>fundme<code_dp>.com/<code_dp>m1147g or by check, payable to Robert Garcia, at Salonz Beauty & Spa Suites, P.O. Box 327754, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332.

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