The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a double murder-suicide that occurred Friday morning at a home on Hickory Creek Drive.
- 3 found dead in double murder-suicide in Hillsborough home
- Shooter identified as Vincente Fuillerat
- Victims identified as Samara Routenberg, Lisa Fuillerat
- Officials say Vincente planned murder-suicide
- Lisa and Vincente were going through a divorce
Detectives responded to the home in the afternoon for a welfare check and found three adults — two women and one man — dead from gunshot wounds inside the home.
Sheriff's Office officials identified the deceased as Samara Routenberg, Lisa Fuillerat and Vincente Fuillerat.
Lisa and Vincente were going through a divorce, officials said. When Lisa didn't show up to court that day, her lawyer alerted authorities.
According to officials, the two women were living together as a couple, and Vincente broke into their home Friday around 6:30 a.m. with the intent to kill them.
Officials said detectives discovered a note at the scene of the crime, confirming Vincente's plan to murder the couple and then kill himself.
They said Vincente was caught on surveillance camera getting out of a car with a shotgun.
During a news conference Saturday, officials said that gunfire was exchanged inside the home and that Vincente was struck a couple of times but was wearing a bulletproof vest.
According to officials, Vincente was arrested and charged in 2015 for aggravated battery. He had been on probation for 36 months.
Officials also said during the news conference that Lisa and Samara both worked at Lake Gibson Middle School in Polk County.
Lisa was a sixth-grade math teacher, and Samara was the assistant principal.
The principal of Lake Gibson Middle School, Alain Douge, sent out a statement Saturday regarding their deaths.
“The deaths of Samara and Lisa have left us absolutely devastated. A school is like a large extended family. Samara and Lisa were loving members of the Lake Gibson Middle family. They were committed to helping students grow in knowledge and character.
Samara was an assistant principal who was hardworking and very intelligent. She oversaw the guidance department. She was kind and caring to students and fellow colleagues.
Lisa was a skilled teacher who would find ways to help her students struggling to understand complex mathematical problems. She was incredible in the classroom. Her students loved her very much, and her passion for education was obvious to anyone who knew her.
They will be greatly missed, and we pray for their loved ones.”
Lisa and Vincente had two adult children.