When this love triangle murder plot went bad, an innocent woman ended up dead and the killers ended up behind bars.
On Jan. 7, Janice Marie Zengotita-Torres went missing. After leaving work that day, she never made it back to her home in Kissimmee, Fla.
The following morning, her husband called the county sheriff’s office. But by then, it was too late. In the early morning hours, Zengotita-Torres had been followed home from her place of work, abducted, brutally beaten, and suffocated with garbage bags by two killers-for-hire, leaving her dead, ABC News reported.
Now, authorities have learned that the killers abducted the wrong woman — and, after learning that they’d done so, decided to kill her anyway.
The killers — Alexis Ramos-Rivera and his girlfriend, Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes — had been hired by Ishnar Lopez-Ramos to murder a woman who was seeing the man that Lopez-Ramos loved. However, the killers got the wrong woman, whose body was found on a nearby beach on Jan. 8.
Authorities have not specified how exactly the killers made their tragic mistake, although all three suspects did make full confessions after they were captured on Jan. 12 when Lopez-Ramos attempted to use the victim’s ATM card.
Those confessions, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, included the fact that the killers went ahead with their crime even after realizing that they’d abducted the wrong target — “[a] senseless act of violence in which she was robbed of her life,” in the words of Sheriff Russ Gibson.
“I get emotional because it touches me so deeply that one of our citizens was killed in such a manner over a mistaken identification and in the end, it appears to be a lover’s triangle,” Gibson said at a press conference on Jan. 12. “This woman lost her life for no reason,” Gibson told local WESH News.
The sheriff’s office also made clear that the suspects (all three, the killers and the woman who hired them) are facing first-degree murder charges and that the intended victim of this murder plot gone wrong has been identified.
Authorities have offered protection to the intended target, but she refused. After all, her killers are behind bars.
Next, read up on the hitman who killed two women named Mary Morris after murdering the wrong one the first time around. Then, read up on the Seminole Heights serial killer who recently terrorized Florida.