FORT PIERCE — A 26-year-old son is being held without bail on first degree murder charges in the shooting death of his mother midafternoon Wednesday at a mobile home park on South U.S. 1, police say.
He is identified as Samuel Perez, 26, who was visiting his mother, Alejandrina Leija De Perez, 44, according to police and a park official. She was dead when police were called at 2:30 p.m., said police spokesman Sgt. Dennis McWilliams.
She lived with her husband in Unit 51 in the Manatee Mobile Home Park in the 3500 block of U.S. 1. on the east side of U.S. 1 and south of the Fort Pierce Farmer's Market, said park Manager Debi Rowell.
The husband was not home at the time of the shooting, reports show.
Rowell said she is shocked by the incident. "The worst we have had is someone stealing a bicycle," she said of the park where families live in 104 mobile homes and 24 recreational vehicles.
Police are investigating the motive, McWilliams said. Perez is charged with premeditated first degree murder — an offense that potentially could be punishable by death if he is convicted.
As investigators were on the scene questioning people, schoolchildren arrived home on buses. People who knew the woman stood outside the mobile home. One woman was crying hysterically.
This is the second shooting fatality in the city this year. The night of July 29, a 17-year-old Fort Pierce resident Toriell Roberts was fatally shot while walking with his mother near 14th Street and Avenue E in the northern part of the city. Someone fired on them from a group of four youths walking along, according to police reports. No arrests have been made in that case.
There have been a number of incidents of gunfire in the northern part of the city this year but gunfire is very rare in the city's south side, according to police reports.