By REBECCA FERNANDEZ
Over the last decade, technology, especially cell phones, has become one of the most important devices in our day-to-day lives. During the last couple of years, however, technology has not only been one of our favorite devices for entertainment, but even for news reporting and the information it gives us.
Reporting? You ask.
Yes, even reporting. Every thing we do every day we publish onto the Internet. Whether it is what we wore to work today, what we did for our best friend’s birthday, or what we think about the latest iPhone update.
Either way, we have all become reporters.
One of these reporters living in South Miami, just blocks from the UM campus, reported something on his Facebook page that will change his life forever.
A Miami man fatally shot his wife and then posted a picture of her body on Facebook.
“I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys, miss you guys take care Facebook people you will see me in the news,” Derek Medina, 31, wrote on his Facebook site just moments before adding the gruesome image.
The picture showed his 26-year-old wife, Jennifer Alfonso, slumped on the kitchen floor of the townhouse they shared.
She had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
According to police reports, he claimed that before he killed her, they were having an argument. During the course of the argument, Alfonso threatened him with a knife, but he was able to disarm her. But when she began punching him again Medina said he shot her.
After the shooting, Medina posted the photo of his wife on his Facebook page with the caption saying “RIP Jennifer Alfonso.”
The photo shows Alonso on the floor, on her back with her legs bent backward and blood on her left arm and cheek.
Shortly after posting the picture he wrote,
“My wife punching me and I not going to stand anymore with the abuse, so I did what I did. I hope u understand me.”
Without calling 911, Medina changed his clothes and went to see his family to whom he confessed the crime, before turning himself into the police.
He has been charged with first-degree murder.
It is things like this that clearly show how much our world has changed over the years. This was not a story that news reporters found. This was not a story that the police formed. This is a story that the man who killed his wife wrote. He was the reporter.