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Who killed Laura Cuni? $28,000 reward offered in Public Storage murder

Family and friends of Laura Cuni gather at the Miami-Dade Police Department headquarters in Doral to offer a $28,000 reward for anyone with information on Cuni’s murder. Cuni was found dead inside a rear office at a Public Storage facility in Cutler Bay on June 24, 2016.
Family and friends of Laura Cuni gather at the Miami-Dade Police Department headquarters in Doral to offer a $28,000 reward for anyone with information on Cuni’s murder. Cuni was found dead inside a rear office at a Public Storage facility in Cutler Bay on June 24, 2016. cherrera@miamiherald.com

Family members of a woman who was found dead inside a Public Storage facility in Cutler Bay last month say they can’t think of a reason someone would hurt a woman they called a “carefree spirit.”

A $28,000 reward is being offered to someone who might know something that can help solve the case.

Laura Cuni, 54, was found dead June 24 at the rear office of a Public Storage at 10505 Marlin Rd., where she was a longtime employee. The victim was found tied to a chair, police said previously.

On Tuesday morning, nine family members and friends crowded into a small room at Miami-Dade Police Department headquarters in Doral to ask for leads that may result in an arrest.

Cuni’s father, 90-year-old Juvenal Cuni, said he spoke to his daughter every night. But on the night of June 23, when he called her at 11 p.m., there was no response.

“I figured she must be out; it never went through my mind that something like that happened,” Cuni said. “We were very close.”

Police found Laura Cuni’s body at about 6:40 a.m. June 24 after her longtime roommate alerted police that Cuni had not returned home from work the previous night. Cuni was the manager of the Cutler Bay Public Storage, where she had worked and lived at an upstairs apartment for 15 years.

The life she lived did not merit the death she received.

Diana Delgado, Laura Cuni’s niece

Public Storage contributed $25,000 — in addition to a $3,000 reward from Crime Stoppers — to try to help solve the case.

Family members said they haven’t received any strong leads in the case and don’t know of anyone who had ill will toward Cuni. They called her a “zen” spirit who was known to everyone as the “funny tia,” or aunt.

“The life she lived did not merit the death she received,” said Diana Delgado, Cuni’s niece. “It’s something that you never can be prepared for, a death, but definitely a death so tragic, with a life so well-lived.”

Because of the time of day when the incident took place, police said in June they were confident someone may have seen something. Detective Dan Ferrin, with the Miami-Dade Police Department, said police are hoping details from witnesses can help piece together the information detectives have so far.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 305-471-8477 or visit crimestoppersmiami.com.

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