An older man who walked into a Coral Way restaurant and opened fire, killing two sisters — one whose 40th birthday was Monday — was their uncle, according to a law enforcement source.
After he fired the fatal shots, Jose Reina, 84, drove in his Jeep Cherokee for about five miles from the shooting scene, parked it and turned the weapon on himself, taking his own life.
According to a law enforcement source, one of the sisters and her husband lived briefly with Reina in 2015. Police think Reina may have committed the killings after becoming distraught about being the lone caretaker of his wife, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Miami-Dade police were called to the Latin Cafeteria Restaurant, 7360 SW 24th St., just after noon Saturday. When they arrived they found Yanet Guardado, 38, and her sister Madelin Guardado, 39, with gunshot wounds.
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Police said the women worked at the restaurant, so it was likely Reina knew where to find them. All three of them, police said, had different addresses at the time of the shootings.
Madelin Guardado was killed almost immediately. Yanet Guardado was taken to Kendall Regional Trauma Center and died the next day, on Sunday. By the time police arrived at the restaurant Saturday afternoon, Reina was gone.
Three hours later, they found him dead inside his green Jeep Cherokee.
An earlier version of this story misspelled the names of the two sisters.