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Father of woman killed while driving on I-95 arrives from Cuba on special visa

Melissa Gonzalez was shot and killed 10 days earlier

MIAMI – A father arrived Monday night at Miami International Airport from Cuba to bury his daughter.

Melissa Gonzalez, 22, was shot and killed 10 days earlier while driving southbound on Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade County’s West Little River neighborhood.

Her father, Jose Gonzalez, arrived to a number of hugs and tears.

“I feel very pain,” he said. “I feel very pain for Melissa, my daughter.”

He will be allowed to remain in the country for 10 days in order to help plan and attend his daughter’s funeral.

Gonzalez’s mother, Sheila Nunez, was also at the airport to greet her ex-husband.

His humanitarian visa from Cuba was fast-tracked thanks, in part, to Sen. Marco Rubio.

Melissa Gonzalez was killed while driving on Interstate 95.
Melissa Gonzalez was killed while driving on Interstate 95.

Melissa Gonzalez had recently graduated from Florida International University and was planning to take the LSAT exam.

She was shot while driving with her boyfriend on I-95, near the exit for Northwest 79th Street.

Detectives have since ruled out road rage and suspect it may have been a stray bullet that struck Gonzalez.

Police released an image of a car for which they are looking.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.


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