After confronting his estranged wife, a Florida man instigated a violent rampage that ended in a triple murder-suicide when he killed his entire family and then himself.
According to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Henry Brown hid in the trunk of Chericia Brown’s vehicle while she was eating dinner at Chili’s April 17. When she left the restaurant around 10:00 p.m., Henry stabbed her several times in the presence of dozens of onlookers.
Two medical professionals, including one nurse, attempted to assist Chericia in the parking lot, notes WKMG. However, soon after the tragic assault, Henry returned to the parking lot and ran over Chericia and the two assisting her.
Chericia was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, where she passed away. One of the good Samaritans who attempted to help her was discharged from the hospital, while the other is still receiving medical attention.
According to reports, Henry then went to an apartment complex to change vehicles and pick up his children, a one-year-old girl and four-year-old boy, from their babysitter. Around 12:25 p.m., he drove to Central Florida Regional in order to find Chericia. Sanford police officers and Seminole Country deputies confronted him, so he attempted to shoot the officers as he fled from the hospital.
A police chase involving squad cars and a helicopter ensued. Once Brown’s vehicle came to a halt, authorities found that Henry and both children were dead.
"The information was, as we backtracked, we found out later that this was a marriage that had gone wrong," stated a sheriff's official. "Somewhere in December of last year there was a domestic battery that was reported in Altamonte Springs. Ultimately, the injunction was held by Mrs. Brown, and it was issued in January and the relationship was rocky ever since."
After the injunction, Altamonte Springs Police did not arrest Henry due to a lack of evidence and varying statements, as noted by the Orlando Sentinel. It was determined that “the fear of further violence does not exist,” since Chericia had moved out of their home. The injunction did not include the children, and Chericia allowed her estranged husband to have unsupervised visits.
"I saw it on the news, and I was just like, 'What could make somebody want to do that to their wife and two kids?'" a neighbor told WKMG. "He seemed like a loving dad when I saw him with them."