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Police: 3 dead in possible murder-suicide at Miami-Dade home

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Charles Davis Charles Davis
20-year-old Jeffrey Eskridge Jr. 20-year-old Jeffrey Eskridge Jr.
44-year-old Valerie Davis 44-year-old Valerie Davis
Valerie Davis' 16-year-old daughter Valerie Davis' 16-year-old daughter

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities believe a mother and son were shot dead by the woman's husband before he turned the gun on himself, early Tuesday morning.

The double murder-suicide happened inside of a home on 55th Court and Northwest 193rd Lane. Miami-Dade Police said they received a call at around 3:26 a.m. about someone having a gun at the home.

The biological father of the 20-year-old son said he received a call from his 16-year-old daughter saying his son had been killed. "My daughter called me and said that my son is dead," said Jeffrey Eskridge Sr.

According to Eskridge, 41-year-old Charles Davis shot and killed 44-year-old Valerie Davis and 20-year-old Jeffrey Eskridge Jr. before killing himself. "Charlie, his mother's husband, killed him and killed her and killed himself," said the father of the deceased.

"They [police] forced entry into the house, and that's when they discovered three bodies ... deceased, from an apparent gunshot wound," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

Eskridge said his daughter was home at the time of the shooting but hid in the closet. She then called her father. "Valerie and Charlie were arguing, and my son walked in, and he was defending her, and he shot him. She ran and whatever and he shot her," said Eskridge. "He left, and he came back, came back inside the house, and when he came back inside the house he had the gun inside his mouth."

The 16-year-old girl said Charles Davis found her inside the closet, but told her he loved her too much and would spare her life.

Eskridge said his son died trying to spare his mother from being killed. "He did exactly what I would have done, protected my mom," he said. "That was my loving son. Kept a smile, everyone loved him. I can't believe this even happened to him."

Tuesday afternoon, relatives were still outside the home trying to cope with what took place. "We're recovering," said Christian. "It's horrific, what happened to my brother, mother-in-law, even my stepfather-in-law. My mother-in-law is a rock, though. Without her it's going to be hard."

Eskridge said he just found out Valerie and Charles had separated last Thursday. He said Charles took money from a joint account, packed some belongings and left. He also just found out Charles had served time in prison in 1991 for second-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. He also served time in 1996 for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, for a total of 15 years. He was released in 2006.

He said Charles had a job and was always pleasant with him. "Working everyday and was a family man," said Eskridge. "I don't know if he snapped or something went wrong."

He added that to his knowledge, the relationship between his ex-wife and her husband was good. Eskridge also said he spoke to his son on Monday, and there was no mention of any problems going on in the house. However, he feels a bitter-sweet pride about his son's last act. "He went with his mom, which he probably wanted to do anyway. He protected her, so he left with her," said Eskridge.

Others who knew the shooter were also left shocked and agreed with Eskridge that this was out of character for this man. "I feel bad about it. Real bad," said Eldon McKenzie.

"We just figure he [Davis] snapped," said family friend Christie Green.

Relatives of the victims remain on scene while police investigate. "The statements that we are receiving from family members on scene, everything is indicating and leaning towards a possibly domestic-related murder-suicide," said Zabaleta.


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