Mother of 3 killed at Burger King identified
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Police have identified the two people killed at a Cleveland west side Burger King Tuesday. The shooting happened around 8 a.m. at the chain's West 110th and Lorain location.
A witness said there were four employees, and two customers inside during breakfast service, when Jorge Aviles walked in and shot his girlfriend, 38-year-old Erlyn Rivera-Cintron.
Investigators said Aviles then went into the restaurant's bathroom and shot himself. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
"It was scary, seeing that I knew her. it's a terrible thing, and I can't even imagine how her kids feel," said a witness who was inside at the time of the shooting.
Rivera-Cintron worked at the west side chain. She leaves behind three children, a 14-year-old she shared with Aviles and two older boys, 15 and 20-years-old. Her best friends said the victim did everything for her children.
"She was dedicated to her kids. Her kids were number one for her and she always tried to help people," said Javier Borjas.
"She was very funny. If you needed help, she would help you. It's awful," said Cassandra Borjas.
Others who knew her described the victim as a hard working woman who spoke her mind and who loved to coupon as a hobby.
"She gave everyone a hard time but it was all out of love," said a co-worker.
Her friends said she was quiet about her private life with Aviles, and they knew nothing about any trouble between them that may have led up to this murder-suicide.
"The Burger King brand is aware of the incident that occurred this morning," said Burger King Corporate in a statement. "We are terribly saddened by the death of this restaurant team member and our thoughts are with the family. We understand that the incident is currently under investigation and our franchisee is cooperating fully with the authorities."
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