The discovery the day before Thanksgiving was heartbreaking. The CEO of Coral Gables Hospital was shot dead by her husband, who turned the gun on himself.
Two days later on Friday, Antonio Mazzolana, 62, committed suicide at his home in the Schenley Park neighborhood near Coral Gables, while the exact cause of the murder of Maria Cristina Jimenez, 61, remains unknown. Miami-Dade Police investigators have not elaborated on possible motives. Court records showed no history of domestic disputes in Mazolana’s past.
However, multiple law enforcement sources say Mazolana may have been suffering from mental health issues and had made recent remarks alluding to a possible suicide.
The discovery surprised those who knew the couple who had been together for decades.
Jimenez, grandmother once told an interviewer She loves to cook in her spare time and began working as an intern at a for-profit hospital, rising from full-time lab technician to senior executive in 2017.
Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebecca Sosa, chairman of the board of Coral Gables Hospital, described Jimenez as a generous time and popular leader. “Everyone loved her,” said Sosa. “Anyone calling Christina to help someone, she will always be there.”
The body was found Wednesday after Jimenez’s adult daughter failed to catch her mother for several days. went to. Their car was in the driveway. She called the police when no one answered the door.
When contacted on Friday, Jimenez’s daughter declined to comment.
Miami-Dade cops entered the home and found the couple in the master bedroom. Multiple law enforcement sources said Jimenez was believed to have been shot in his sleep, adding that Mazolana had left a suicide note on the kitchen counter, detailing his motive. .
Sources say Mazzolana has been facing unemployment since December and has been making worrying statements to his family.
Mazzorana’s exact job remains unknown, but state records list him as a managing member of a company called AMF Healthcare Partners, LLC. His brother, Dr. Ivan Mazzorana, told his WFOR-CBS4 that “the contract he was working on was coming to an end,” but he did not believe he was in financial trouble. was not
The couple were in the process of moving into another newly built home from the one where the killing took place.
If you or someone you know is thinking about self-harm, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). Available 24/7.