NMB Landlord-Tenant Dispute Ends In Death

A North Miami Beach man was shot to death Monday afternoon when he didn’t pay his rent, police say. The alleged murderer is the man’s landlord, Julian Gonzalez.

The victim is 25-year-old Vladimir Santos. His family told CBS4 News that the house was in foreclosure and the bank had told Vladimir not to pay rent.

CBS4 News was there when Maria Santos visited her husband’s memorial in front of the home for the first time since his death. She knelt and kissed his photographs.

“Everyone here seems to describe your husband as an amazing family man,” CBS4’s Gio Benitez told Santos.

“He was. He was everything,” she said.

Santos is not only a wife, but an expectant mother. Maria and Vladimir were about to have their fourth child — their first girl. But Monday afternoon, that happiness turned into tragedy.

“When I heard gunshots, I came out and I found him,” Santos told Benitez.

She found Vladimir dead in their home with gunshot wounds to the head. Gonzalez apparently came to the Santos home wanting his rent money.

“Over money, you don’t take somebody’s life. You don’t. You don’t,” said Beatriz Almansa, a family friend who has known Vladimir for more than a decade.

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