Manager killed at Orlando Under Armour store was sweet, caring, family says
Orlando police say Eunice Maria Vasquez, 37, fatally shot by former co-worker Monday
ORLANDO, Fla. – The family of the 37-year-old manager killed at an Under Armour Factory Store in Orlando Monday says she was a sweet and caring person.
Orlando police said Eunice Maria Vasquez was fatally shot by her former co-worker, 46-year-old Daniel Everett Monday evening at the store inside the Orlando Premium Outlets. Investigators said Everett worked at the store for about three years as a manager before he was fired Monday morning. Hours after he was let go, police said, he returned to the store and fatally shot Eunice Maria Vasquez.
Investigators said after Everett was fired, he made a list of workers who complained, then made them aware about his list by email. Police said they made contact with everyone on the list to make sure they were safe.
Authorities said they are still searching for Everett and he is considered armed and dangerous.
On Tuesday, police and crime scene investigators were at Everett’s home in Lake Nona, sifting through evidence and searching for him.
Eunice Maria Vasquez’s family told News 6 she was a sweet and caring person who was dedicated to her job. The family said they were devastated by the loss.
Her family shared photos of the 37-year-old showing her bright smile reflective of the person she was.
“She had such a big heart. She always put everyone in front of her own self,” said the victim’s brother, Ruben Vasquez. “It’s like a dream. It’s still a hard pill to swallow right now.”
Her family said they forgive the shooter, though it’ll be tough trying to move forward.
“I don’t hold anything against him. I just wished it never happened,” William Vasquez said.
Prior to Sunday night, the victim’s family said she had problems with Everett, including in December when they said he wouldn’t allow Vasquez time off to grieve her grandmother when she died.
Eunice Maria Vasquez is survived by her two brothers and her mother. Her family said she was the caretaker for her mother after her mom moved to Orlando following Hurricane Maria.
An Under Armour representative sent this statement to News 6 following the shooting:
“Last night, we learned of a terrible tragedy involving the loss of a member of the Under Armour family at one of our stores in Orlando. Our hearts go out to our teammate and her family, and to all of the teammates affected by this awful incident. Out of respect to the victim and her family, and because this is an active investigation, we are not in a position to offer any details at this time.
Our concern right now is with the safety and security of everyone involved. We have a team on the ground and are in close coordination with law enforcement as monitoring the situation closely.”
Tuesday evening, the Orlando International Premium Outlets also released a statement about the shooting.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic event that took place last night, which the Orlando Police Department believes was an isolated incident inside the store involving a recently terminated store employee. As this remains an ongoing police matter, all further inquiries should be directed to the Orlando Police Department,” the statement read.
Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Everett, who they believe could be traveling in a 2012 gray Kia Sorento.
Anyone who sees Everett should not approach him and call 911.
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