A Florida man has killed his boss after he was fired, authorities said.
Felix Cabrera, 86, who had worked at a sugar mill for 31 years, had asked his boss if he could continue working another year because of financial reasons but was told no, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
“Cabrera became upset, pulled the gun out of his pocket and shot the victim several times, killing him,” authorities said.
The identity of the victim has not been released, but authorities said the person was an employee of Sugar Cane Growers. He was a 67-year-old man from nearby Martin County, AP reported
Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative told the Palm Beach Post in a statement that it was “horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless violence.”
“The victim was part of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative family, and we are praying for the victim’s loved ones, as well as all our team members and growers,” the statement said.
The cooperative is comprised of 44 different sugar cane farms that operate on about 70,000 acres (28,327 hectares) in the Everglades Agricultural Area near Lake Okeechobee, according to its website.
Cabrera of Belle Glade was charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and is being held without bond.
Heartbreaking! Too many questions about this. Why is 86-year-old man even still on circular job??