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Family, friends, employees gather to remember UPS driver killed in shootout

After Frank Ordonez fatally wounded in shootout, his family seeks answers

DORAL, Fla. – Family, friends and fellow employees gathered outside a UPS facility to remember the UPS driver killed during last week’s shootout between police and robbers in Miramar.

The stepfather of Frank Ordonez said the outpouring of support for his stepson means so much to the family.

“They love Frank," Joe Merino said. "They want Frank back. They miss Frank.”

Merino said police could have handled the situation much differently.

He told Local 10 News that he has yet to hear from any police department in regards to his stepson's death.

“This is murder,” Joe Merino said on “This Week in South Florida” with Glenna Milberg and Michael Putnney. “They could have stopped it. They could have prevented it. It could have been avoided. Frank was trying to escape.”

Merino thinks police should have handled the situation differently.

Now the family is seeking answers.

“We want accountability. We want changes,” Merino said. “We want to know why wasn’t the local police securing the area? Why didn’t they wait for SWAT? What happened to the hostage negotiator? Where were the snipers?”

The former president of the Miami-Dade police union said snipers need time to set.

“A sniper would have never been able to set up that quickly,” John Rivera said on “This Week in South Florida.”

Meanwhile, the family continues to grieve, with one thing on their collective minds.

“Justice,” Merino said.

A viewing for Ordonez will be held Monday in Miami. He will be buried Tuesday.


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