Family mourns after Fort Lauderdale preschool teacher dies following I-95 shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A family is mourning the loss of a loved one after a Fort Lauderdale preschool teacher was shot and killed in a road rage shooting on Sunday night.

Ana Estevez, who taught at the Nurtury Montessori School in Fort Lauderdale, died from her injuries after being shot Sunday night while driving on Interstate 95 in Broward County, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Fire Rescue personnel took Estevez, 23, to Broward Health Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Estevez’s cousin Gabby Huerta told Local 10 News’ Trent Kelly that her family is still in shock from the incident.

“Our heart, like our family’s heart is broken-- It’s so broken right now,” said Huerta. “You never imagine that something like this would happen.”

“Ana and her boyfriend Michael had traveled to North Carolina. On the way back home, they were sideswiped by a white BMW. Before being able to pull over, the unknown man opened fire,” Paula Ulerio wrote on a GoFundMe fundraising page.

Deputies released a sketch of I-95 shooting suspect.

Estevez, who was also a student at Florida Atlantic University and cared for both her mother and grandmother, was driving a Nissan Sentra southbound near Broward Boulevard.

Detectives released the sketch of a suspect who was in a white BMW i8. They believe he was also involved in a shooting on I-95, between Atlantic Boulevard and Sample Road.

“I love her so much,” said Huerta. “We know that death happens, but not like this and not with this man still out here. Who knows what he could do to somebody else.”

Detectives were asking anyone with information about the case to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.


About the Authors:

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.

Ryan Mackey is our newest digital journalist at WPLG. He is New York born and South Florida raised.