Kevin Nelson barricaded himself in a Sunrise home for nearly five hours Monday afternoon after allegedly shooting and killing Reggae singer Anthony Cruz’s 15-year-old daughter Shanice Smith and her mother Karen Lyle.
Police confirmed Monday afternoon that two people were found dead inside the house located inside Del Rio Village, near University Drive. The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Kevin Nelson, surrendered to SWAT with his arms raised in the air after negotiating for nearly five hours with police.
According to police, someone called 911 after hearing shots fired, at around 11 a.m. Officials have not released who the caller was.
Upon arrival, police made contact with the suspect inside the home.
According to Sunrise Police Officer Michelle Eddy, “They called the residence. Nelson answered and stated, ‘I’m in here,’ then hung up the phone. Negotiations commenced thereafter.
Neighbor Michael Plesak was shooting a Facebook Live video of the SWAT response when he heard loud knocks on his door, he then cut the feed.
Sean Grasmick, who also lives in the area, said he thought officials confused the suspect with him. “I just walked outside my house, and I was on the phone, and they thought that was me because I understand the gentleman — well, I wouldn’t call him a gentleman at this point — was on the phone with the cops, and when I walked out my door, they probably thought that I was the person, and they told me to lay right down, and they put me in handcuffs. They figured out that it wasn’t me.”
Nelson walked out of the house and surrendered with his hands up at 3:30 p.m.
The two people who are dead inside are a woman and a juvenile. “During the search of the residence, two deceased were found,” Eddy said. “A 40-year-old female and a 15-year-old female.”
Police stated that 40-year-old Karen Lyle and her daughter lived with Nelson in the Sunrise townhouse. They have not released whether she was in a relationship with Nelson.
The 15-year-old girl was identified by paternal relatives as reggae singer Anthony Cruz’s daughter Shanice Smith.
They both died from gunshot wounds.
According to her paternal grandfather Courtney Smith, he suspected there might have been trouble in the home. He also said Shanice was an A student with a bright future ahead of her.
Nelson was charged with domestic violence in October, police said, after he splashed bleach around his home and repeatedly punched his wife after she tried to stop him from throwing bleach on the bedroom furniture, court records show.
An online wedding registry for a Karen Lyle and Kevin Nelson of Sunrise gives April 16, 2016 as the big day.