MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – It has been approximately three days since a 47-year-old woman was found dead at the Sherry Frontenac Hotel in Miami Beach.
The murder of Marelbi Ruiz Lara remained unsolved on Friday and her friends said they have yet to understand the tragedy.
Marleny Usa described Ruiz Lara as “very friendly” and a woman who almost always had a cheerful disposition.
“We’re still in shock,” Usa said in Spanish.
The Miami Beach Police Department had not yet provided a public update on its investigation. Adrian Gonzalez said he last saw Ruiz Lara on December 3.
“She was happy,” Gonzalez said in Spanish. “Everything seemed perfectly fine.”
Gonzalez said he called her on December 5 and texted her.
“I wanted to know how she was, but she never responded,” Gonzalez said.
Usa, Gonzalez and Ruiz Lara’s son said she lived at the hotel with her boyfriend while they worked on a construction project there.
Police found her dead Tuesday after a friend applied for a welfare check. The coroner removed her body from the hotel.
“I don’t understand this situation,” Gonzalez said.
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