Maritza Martin

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Maritza Martin
Born Maritza Martin Munoz
(1959-10-29)October 29, 1959
Died January 18, 1993(1993-01-18) (aged 33)
North Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Cause of death Gunshot wounds
Spouse(s) Emilio Nuñez (divorced)
Children 2

Maritza Martin Munoz (October 29, 1959 – January 18, 1993) was a woman shot to death by Emilio Nuñez, her ex-husband, in 1993 on cemetery ground in North Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Martin was to be interviewed by Ocurrió Así reporter Ingrid Cruz, after she visited her daughter's grave while the father, Emilio Nuñez, was there. Their 15-year-old daughter had committed suicide in 1992 and Nuñez had blamed the incident on Martin. Nuñez believed that their daughter had been abused by her stepfather and murdered or driven to suicide by her mother.[1] Both theories were rejected by investigators. Their daughter had been raised by Martin and Nuñez had no contact with her.[2]

Emilio Nuñez then left the grave site and went to his car, apparently retrieved a weapon, and shot Maritza Martin 12 times. The cameraman managed to film the first few shots while the reporter ran for the car. The footage was later used in the film, Bowling for Columbine.[3] It was also shown in the 1993 shockumentary film, Traces of Death, and is available to watch on LiveLeak.[4] The video featured on LiveLeak was taken from the Court TV show, Anatomy of Crime.

She left behind a son of eighteen months old.[5] She was buried next to her daughter.[6]

In 2000, Emilio Nuñez was found guilty by a jury in Fort Lauderdale.[7] He was sentenced to imprisonment for "25 to life" and will not become eligible to apply for parole until 2017.[2]


  1. ^ "Murder Suspect `Snapped` He Blamed Ex-wife For Daughter`s Death". SunSentinel. North Lauderdale, Florida. January 20, 1993. 
  2. ^ a b "Nunez Found Guilty In Death Of Ex-wife". SunSentinel. North Lauderdale, Florida. January 26, 2000. 
  3. ^ Moore, Michael "Bowling for Columbine, 2002
  4. ^ "man shoots ex wife in cemetery". LiveLeak. June 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dead Woman`s Spouse Disputes Suspect`s Claim To Be Loving Dad". SunSentinel. North Lauderdale, Florida. January 22, 1993. 
  6. ^ "Man Jailed In Slaying Of Ex-wife Video-murder Suspect Caught On Bus In Texas". SunSentinel. North Lauderdale, Florida. January 21, 1993. 
  7. ^ "The Houston Chronicle", January 26, 2000

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