Alexander Figueroa walked into a Long Island City pharmacy holding a bouquet of roses. After conversing with ex-girlfriend Giummia Villa, he pulled out a gun and shot her dead. He then retreated to an apartment where he killed himself, police and witnesses said.
From the Daily News:
It was a bloody end to a volatile romance between Alexander Figueroa and Giummia Villa that produced two children - and two orders of protection.
Just last week, the ex-con had hassled the young mom at work, and cops got orders to pick him up within the last couple of days, sources said.
"They talk and then I heard 'Pop!'" witness Maria Lombar said. "I saw her on the ground. She went down dead. Blood was all over."
The former couple had 9 and 6 year old sons.
In April 2009, Villa took out an order of protection against Figueroa and it was still in effect when she was murdered.
Villa's sister. Yajaira said Figueroa remained undeterred by the order.
"He said he was going to kill her if he didn't get with her," Villa said.
Cops at the 114th Precinct were under orders to apprehend Figueroa if they saw him, according to police sources. The NYPD had no comment on whether any officers went looking for him prior to the shooting.
"They could've prevented something dramatic like this from happening," Villa said. "It makes no sense."
The victim's uncle, Luis Villa, said his niece has been living in fear since the couple broke up two years ago.
"He got flowers for her - he was trying to make her come close to him," he said. "Then he pulled the gun and shot twice."