Friday, August 30, 2013

The Boston Globe's Invisible Ink: Facebook Photo Removed

Never saw the story in my printed paper:

"Slaying of Fla. woman posted on Facebook" by Suzette Laboy and David Fischer |  Associated Press, August 09, 2013

That's one way of alerting the authorities.

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. — A South Florida man who authorities say fatally shot his wife — and apparently then posted a photo of her body on Facebook — has been charged with first-degree murder.

Police said in an arrest affidavit Thursday that Derek Medina, 31, said he shot 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso several times at their South Miami home after she punched him repeatedly and wielded a knife. He allegedly told police that he had armed himself with a gun during a verbal dispute when she said she was leaving him.

When officers responded to the home, they found Alfonso’s body, as well as her 10-year-old daughter, who was unharmed.

A post on a Facebook page identified as Medina’s says, ‘‘I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife.’’ The photo was up for more than five hours before it was removed by Facebook.

A Facebook spokeswoman said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that she could not comment on a law enforcement investigation.

Police had the area around the condo complex where the couple lived, in a suburb south of downtown Miami, taped off Thursday evening. The complex is made up of townhouses.

Neighbor Phil Eby said he did not know the couple very well but expressed surprise at the shooting.

‘‘I met him a couple of times. He seemed like a pretty nice guy,’’ Eby said. ‘‘But I don’t remember her at all.’’