Kissimmee detectives arrested a man for murder on May 3 after shooting a woman he was living with during an argument.
Leumas Moraza, 38, was arrested and charged with domestic homicide and taken to the Osceola County Jail.
On May 3 at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Kissimmee Police Department responded to a shooting incident at the Super 8 Motel, 1815 West Vine St.
The victim, Maria Santiago-Burgos, 43, was taken to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The initial officers on scene were able to locate Moraza. He was taken to the Kissimmee Police Department where he cooperated with detectives.
He told detectives that he was in a relationship with Santiago-Burgos and staying with her and family members at the motel. Recently, he noticed that she was texting another man. On the night of May 3, Santiago-Burgos came home to the motel and said she only wanted to be friends with Moraza and that he had to leave the motel room. Santiago-Burgos went into the motel room and began collecting Moraza’s clothes. He followed her in and questioned why she was treating him this way, according to a police report. That’s when Santiago-Burgos attempted to grab the gun Morazo had in his waistband. Morazo said the gun wait off striking Santiago-Burgos. He said he then heard two more shots but did not remember firing them, the report stated.
But when police interviewed the victim’s children and mother, they reported that he shot Santiago-Burgos three times intentionally while they argued.
The Kissimmee Police Department is urging any other potential witnesses to call 407-846-3333 or go to the Kissimmee Police Department 8 N. Stewart Ave., Kissimmee, to make a statement.