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Miami Man Attempts to Murder Gay Couple and Their 8 Children in Arson Attack: VIDEO


A 73-year-old registered sex offender faces charges of second-degree murder, arson, and a hate crime after attempting to burn down the home of a lesbian couple and their eight children while the family was inside of it, CBS Miami reports:

ValenzuelavillanuevaMiami-Dade Police said Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva, 73, entered the lot next door to his on NW 27th Avenue and allegedly set fire to a mattress that was leaning against the wall of the trailer occupied by the women and children.

Police said as the fire began to get worse, “the defendant hurried back to his residence.” The fire began to burn the trailer, but there were no smoke detectors inside, police said. A neighbor from across the street saw the fire and began to alert people of the impending danger.

The women and children inside the burning trailer escaped after being awakened by the neighbor from across the street. Police said Valenzuela-Villanueva came out of his home and “casually began observing the fire. In fact one of his neighbors had to compel him to assist bringing a garden hose” to fight the fire.

The fire department came and put the fire out. A surveillance video shows Valenzuela-Villanueva setting fire to the mattress.

Valenzuela-Villanueva told police he tried to burn the house down because they were gay:

"He stated that he despised the two adult victims for the simple fact that they were lesbians," the report said. "According to the defendant, every time he saw them kissing he felt a deep repugnance, and in his opinion they did not deserve to have children."

He is in custody.

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  1. I wonder if 10 counts of attempted murder qualify him for the death penalty

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Apr 5, 2014 12:30:54 PM

  2. 8 kids? Really? All in one trailer? Some parents. CONTRACEPTION.

    Anyway, of course a sex offender thinks he is better the gay people. It was like when Lively hired that sex offender to work for him but he'll be damned if he would ever treat a gay person with that same respect.

    No comment.

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 5, 2014 12:56:35 PM

  3. How does he "faces charges of second-degree murder" if he didn't actually kill anyone?

    Posted by: mike | Apr 5, 2014 12:56:41 PM

  4. He thought they didn't deserve the children so they put fire to their home to kill them all. The man has the logic of a genius

    Posted by: jjose712 | Apr 5, 2014 1:18:15 PM

  5. Rowan

    Your first sentence is disgusting.

    No comment.

    Posted by: Killian | Apr 5, 2014 1:24:08 PM

  6. The heterosexual lifestyle is so immoral.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 5, 2014 1:35:18 PM

  7. @ Mike - thanks, I was worried about my sanity, but you saw it too.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 5, 2014 2:29:10 PM

  8. Now that they have their new law he could get away with this if he lived in Mississippi.

    Posted by: Dan Mc. | Apr 5, 2014 2:54:02 PM

  9. SAVE THE CHILRUN FROM THE BAD LEZZIES, so let's burn em all... Wait... What?

    Well, obviously this is one sick man. Lock him up for good and never let him out. People who think they are a righteous gawd who can decide who should live and die have forfeited their freedom forever as far as I'm concerned.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Apr 5, 2014 3:00:20 PM

  10. it should read attempted second-degree murder not second-degree murder

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Apr 5, 2014 3:29:54 PM

  11. 8 children in a trailer?

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 5, 2014 3:34:55 PM

  12. Everyone that seems stunned about 8 kids in a mobile home are just showing their weird little class bias and ignorance.

    There are manufactured homes that easily rival and surpass many frame built homes in quality, space and utility.

    Not to mention they make a great deal of sense as a transitional home while you save for a larger home in a different locale.

    Raising kids isn't cheap, let's see some of you jerks try it.

    Posted by: Buckie | Apr 5, 2014 4:40:06 PM

  13. @ Buckie: thanks for posting that. It needed to be said.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Apr 5, 2014 6:43:50 PM

  14. Actually it's a small trailer....

    Posted by: styler | Apr 5, 2014 9:17:55 PM

  15. Florida? He will be out on bail, then acquitted of all charges. I can also see a combination gay panic and stand your ground judgement.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Apr 5, 2014 10:15:57 PM

  16. The people whining about the kids in the trailer are lonely and lifeless and have no one to carry on their name. They didn't even think that at least these children have some place to call home instead of the system. It shows not only their ignorance but their incredibly false sense of maturity. Let me put this in laymen's terms: Those sissies are mad because they can't have children!

    Posted by: Persepctive | Apr 6, 2014 2:19:40 AM

  17. This monster must be destroyed. His soul is an escapee from Hell and we must quickly send it back by force. His intent is his conviction and sentence. A trial is an affront to God.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Apr 6, 2014 7:28:34 AM

  18. @Buckie, not to put too fine a point on it, but there are HUGE differences between a TRAILER, a Manufactured Home and a Modular home. The only one that surpasses a standard construction "stick-built" home is the Modular.

    Trailers and manufactured homes are very nice in many cases, but will NEVER surpass a standard construction home for many reasons, the first being in many cases their walls are 2 inches thick, vs. the standard is 3.5 and many modular homes walls are 6 inches thick. The 2nd is that they normally sit on concrete blocks instead of a foundation. There are tons of other reasons, but don't confuse the issue by making a blanket statement which is specious at best.

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 6, 2014 9:14:13 AM

  19. Can we get back to talking about the REAL tragedy of how that poor man had to quit his job with that web browser?

    Posted by: Josh | Apr 7, 2014 10:53:50 AM

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