Ocala Double Homicide Suspect Dies in Local Hospital


The suspect in a double homicide in Ocala, Ricardo De Jesus Barrera, died Tuesday night at a local hospital, according to the City of Ocala Police Department.

Authorities believe Barrera shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Bonnie Motto, and her mother, Julia Motto, on Monday, October 20.

The bodies of the two victims were found at Springwood Village Apartments in Ocala. A 6-year-old girl and 22 month old boy were also found at the scene, but neither were physically injured.

At approximately 2:56 p.m., officers from Ocala Police Department responded to a disturbance at 1525 SE 25th St.

When officers arrived to the scene there was an exchange of fire between them and the suspect. Barrera fled on a motorcycle, but officer Lieutenant Daniel Wilson chased after him. Shots were fired between the two. Barrera then crashed and was taken to a local hospital where he died.

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