Police: Man aimed to ‘take’ ex’s new boyfriend’s ‘soul’ in North Bay Village killing

Jose Aranibar-Camacho, 41, charged with first-degree murder

NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. – A Virginia Gardens man has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder after police said he shot his ex and fatally shot her new boyfriend in North Bay Village Monday morning.

North Bay Village police responded to reports of shots fired just before 8 a.m. at a unit in an apartment building at 7920 East Drive on Harbor Island, found the victims, who were later identified by their family members as Banner Vidal and Brittany Springmyer.

Jose Aranibar-Camacho, 41, holding a gun with bloodied hands, told arriving officers that he “killed his wife’s boyfriend and shot his wife,” an arrest report from the Miami-Dade Police Department, which took over the investigation, states.

While the Miami-Dade police report described Springmyer as Aranibar-Camacho’s “wife,” her family later said in a statement that the two “were never married and had been separated for months.”

Aranibar-Camacho and his wife’s young daughter was inside the apartment at the time, according to police. She wasn’t physically harmed.

Officials from the Florida Department of Children and Families took the little girl into their custody.

Springmyer was taken to a local trauma center in critical condition.

After being taken to MDPD’s Homicide Bureau for questioning, Aranibar-Camacho told detectives he was angry his ex “was in a new relationship with (the man) and that (he) was living with her,” the report states.

Noon report:

Aranibar-Camacho “arrived at the victims’ apartment over two hours prior to the homicide and waited in his vehicle thinking he was going to ‘take’ the (man’s) ‘soul,’” police said he told detectives.

“(He) also advised that he purchased a tourniquet, as well as QuikClot and gauze days prior to the shooting in the event that he was injured carrying out the shooting,” detectives wrote.

The night before the shooting, Aranibar-Camacho wrote a note “providing further information about the planned incident and an apology to his own family,” which investigators found inside his house, according to the report.

Police wrote in their report that Aranibar-Camacho appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

In addition to the murder and attempted murder charges, he also faces a misdemeanor charge of child neglect.

Aranibar-Camacho appeared in court Tuesday morning. Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer ordered he be held without bond.

Monday’s homicide was the first murder in North Bay Village since 2012.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the nature of the relationship between Arinbar-Camacho and Springmyer.

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