2 Fla. Sisters Are Fatally Shot by Abusive Ex-Boyfriend, Who Then Turns Gun on Himself
As deputies pulled up behind Stoutt's vehicle and switched on their emergency lights to make a traffic stop, Stoutt accelerated to about 90 miles per hour during a 7-mile chase "with no intent of stopping," according to the report, before swerving to avoid "stop sticks" that had been placed farther up the road and striking a median guardrail.
As Stoutt's vehicle slowed, "I heard what appeared to be a single gunshot," wrote Deputy Brett Harwick in the report.
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Officers advanced on the vehicle to find the suspect had "noticeable trauma to his head and was unresponsive." Stoutt was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office shared no other details about the shooting of the Davila sisters.
According to the The Palm Beach Post, the older Rebeca had pursued the domestic violence injunction on behalf of Sofia, who indicated she was too afraid to do so. The order was approved in October by Circuit Judge Jessica Ticktin, and was still in place at the time the two women were killed, reports the newspaper.
Six weeks after that injunction was issued, Stoutt was charged in November with battery after Sofia alleged he'd grabbed her arm and thrown a water bottle at her. The pair were then still dating off and on, according to Stoutt's arrest report. Charges against him were later dropped.
Sofia Davila was studying criminal justice at Palm Beach State College, according to her Facebook page. The Post reports that Rebeca also had attended Palm Beach State, worked as a technician at JFK Medical Center North and also as a model, and had a boyfriend of about three years who’d lived with the family.
"Sofia and Rebecca [sic] were loved by many," wrote Mafe Galeano on a GoFundMe page seeking donations for the victims' family. "They both were two beautiful girls with beautiful souls, with plenty of life ahead of them. … We will carry them through our hearts. Remembering their beautiful personalities."
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