The Chief Executive Officer of Coral Gables Hospital was killed in a murder-suicide, according to Miami-Dade police. According to police, Maria Cristina Jimenez was shot and killed shortly before noon on Wednesday by her 62-year-old husband Antonio Mazzorana, who then committed suicide.
At 11:45 a.m., a call was received about a shooting at their home in the Schenley Park neighborhood, near S.W. 57 Ave. and 34 Street. Ivan Mazzarona, Mazzarona’s younger brother, spoke with CBS4’s Peter D’Oench.
He said, “I was very surprised. I could not believe what I was hearing but my mind took me to a place that is sad beyond all comprehension. My brother was a hard-working person. He was very busy and very successful. His wife was also a very successful person. It really comes as a shock.”
“This comes as a surprise,” he said. “I did not see my brother being depressed. I know he had some issues with his job, the contract he was working on coming to an end but he did not have any financial problems.”
Cristina Jimenez had been with Coral Gables Hospital for over 35 years before becoming CEO in 2017. According to the South Florida Business Journal, when she was promoted, she helped the hospital earn the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval for both total hip and total knee replacements.
Ivan Mazzarona said, “Cristina was a lovely soul. She was friendly to everyone she met and was very knowledgeable and respected by her peers. I just did not see any issues with them. It is very difficult. Another family is hurting.”