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Police: Miami man arrested after killing estranged wife in front of their son

Damian Calixtro. (Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation)

MIAMI – A Miami man was taken into custody in Bradenton after he killed his estranged wife in front of their son, authorities confirmed.

An arrest report states that Damian Calixtro, 47, was arrested on Monday, however the victim’s sister told Local 10 News in an email that he was actually taken into custody a couple days after the murder before being extradited to Miami-Dade County this week.

According to his arrest warrant, Damian Calixtro was upset over the separation of him and his wife, Amara Calixtro, 38.

Miami police said he stabbed his wife inside an efficiency in the 800 block of Northwest 20th Avenue on July 8. According to the victim’s sister, Amara Calixtro did not live at the efficiency, but she and her son were driven there by her husband.

Amara Calixtro’s sister said the victim often had a weapon on her for protection against her husband, but did not have it on her that day.

According to the arrest warrant, Damian Calixtro drove his son to Naples after the killing and he attempted to drop off the boy at his sister’s home. The sister, however, was unavailable, and asked Calixtro to drop the boy off at her mother’s home.

After arriving to the home, Calixtro told the woman he had killed his wife and was going to turn himself in to the police, the warrant stated.

Calixtro’s sister later arrived to the home and called the Miami Police Department to conduct a welfare check on her sister-in-law.

Police said they found a trail of blood leading from the doorway of the efficiency past the threshold into the home.

Amara Calixtro was found dead in the kitchen.

Police confirmed that she had been stabbed multiple times.

Calixtro faces a charge of second-degree murder with a weapon. He appeared in court Thursday and was ordered held without bond.

*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported that Calixtro had told his son that he was going to turn himself in to police.


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