Management increases security at apartment complex where FIU student killed
Some residents say they're moving out over safety concerns
SWEETWATER, Fla. – Management for an apartment complex where a Florida International University student was killed has increased security after the fatal shooting.
Michael Zaldua, 21, was shot and killed late Friday in the 4th Street Commons parking garage in Sweetwater, about four blocks from FIU's Modesto A. Maidique campus.
Miami-Dade police are still searching for the shooter, but investigators said there were no security cameras in the parking garage.
"It's horrifying," FIU junior Tyler Brown told Local 10 News. "It's tragic and, you know, we like to believe that we're all, you know, safe around this apartment building, but stuff does happen."
Neighbors said Zaldua grew up in South Florida, attended Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School and loved photography.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim," FIU spokeswoman Dianne Fernandez said in a statement. "The university will be offering support to students who feel impacted by this tragedy."
Management has already hired security guards to watch over the garage. But that may not be enough.
Some residents at the apartment complex, which caters to FIU students, said they're looking for a new place to live.
"I don't feel safe in this place," a resident told Local 10. "I'm already moving out. I talked to a couple other people and they're already saying that they're moving out."
A GoFundMe account has been created to help raise money for the family's funeral expenses.
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