Sheriff: Florida Man Kills Boss Who Fired Him After 31 Years

Felix Cabrera allegedly shot the 67-year-old dead on Friday morning
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2021 7:25 AM CDT
Sheriff: Florida Man Kills Boss Who Fired Him After 31 Years
This photo provided by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office shows Felix Cabrera. Authorities say Cabrera, a sugar mill worker with 31 years on the job fatally shot his boss after he was refused another year at the mill.   (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

An 86-year-old is accused of shooting and killing his boss who fired him after 31 years of work at a Florida sugar mill. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Felix Cabrera of Belle Glade was fired from the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative on Friday morning and asked if he could stay on one additional year for financial reasons. After being told no, law enforcement officials say "Cabrera became upset, pulled the gun out of his pocket and shot the victim several times, killing him. The AP reports the victim has thus far only been identified as a 67-year-old man from Martin County.

WPTV reports the victim was found dead near the building's entrance; Cabrera was found with a handgun in hand, per deputies. NBC News reports Cabrera has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and is being held without bond. The cooperative is made up of 44 sugar cane farms covering about 70,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area near Lake Okeechobee. The cooperative said in a statement that it was "horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless violence." (More workplace shooting stories.)

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