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Public Storage raises reward for information leading to employee's killer

Laura Cuni, 54, found dead last month in back office

DORAL, Fla. – Public Storage has raised a reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing an employee at the company's Cutler Bay location.

Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information about the June 24 killing of Laura Cuni, 54, and Public Storage has offered an additional $25,000 reward for whoever comes forward and helps put Cuni's killer behind bars.

Police said Cuni, who was the manager at the Public Storage at 10505 Marlin Road, was found dead in a back office.

A law enforcement source said she was tied up and beaten to death.

"The life she lived did not merit the death she received," Cuni's niece, Diana Delgado, said. "She's the one that never raised her voice. She was a shoulder to all of us. She's our zen master. She's the one that, you know, was our peace."

Miami-Dade police said Cuni lived in an apartment at the facility. A friend who had been staying with her called police about 6:30 a.m. June 24 when she hadn't heard from Cuni, authorities said.

"She called me every day, every night to see how I was," Cuni's father, Juvenal Cuni, said. "I called her at about 11 o'clock, and I didn't get any answer from her. I figured she must be out. (It) never went through my mind (that) something like that happened."

A motive for the killing is unknown, and no arrests have been made.

Detectives said they are working on tips they've received, but they need more help from the public.

"Someone saw something. I don't care how minimal it may seem -- description of a vehicle, someone that was walking around that looked kind of strange in the area. A description of that person or maybe you heard something," Miami-Dade police Detective Daniel Ferrin said.

Cuni's family said they won't have closure until her killer is behind bars.

"Help us move on. Help us find justice. Help tia's life end with some sort of purpose," Delgado said. "Someone is out there who did this, who may do this again."

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.