Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Woman who shot, killed man in Palm Harbor is identified

PALM HARBOR — Authorities on Thursday identified the woman who fatally shot a 66-year-old man at a Palm Harbor home Wednesday afternoon.

Raquel Pagan, 58, shot Eduardo Quesada in the torso around 3:30 p.m. at Quesada's home at 4002 Poinciana Court, which is near Tampa Road and just east of U.S. 19, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Pagan and Quesada were involved in an "on again, off again" relationship for the last seven years and once lived together, but Pagan had recently moved out of the home in the Strathmore Gate West subdivision, investigators said.

On Thursday, Pagan was at the house and the two began arguing, in part, over Quesada's desire for her to move back in with him, deputies said.

During the altercation, Quesada brought out a .357 revolver, according to Pagan. She somehow got hold of the weapon and shot Quesada, the Sheriff's Office said. The gun was recovered at the scene.

Quesada was taken by ambulance to Mease Countryside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 4:15 p.m.

Pagan has not been charged.

Sheriff's officials stopped short of characterizing the incident as self-defense, but said their investigation is ongoing.

Some neighbors at the complex said they had heard frequent arguments from the couple in the past.

In 1996, Pagan pleaded guilty to a charge of child abuse in Hillsborough County but adjudication was withheld, meaning she was not formally convicted, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She has no other arrests in Florida, FDLE records show.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report. Rita Farlow can be reached at or (727) 445-4157.

Woman who shot, killed man in Palm Harbor is identified 08/25/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bar review: Seminole Heights City Wine Bar in Tampa


    One of the best spots to grab a drink in Ybor is the Ybor City Wine Bar. It's easily the largest beer selection in Ybor despite being obviously wine-centric, and the extensive wine selection comes with a side of expert staff to help smartly walk you through a long and unusually formatted wine list that separates wines …

    Intermediate sommelier Drew Drotleff chats with guests at the Seminole Heights City Wine Bar. There’s a relaxed conviviality that makes enjoying wine all the better. The first City Wine Bar is in Ybor City.
  2. Nearly local craft beer of the week: Rome City IPA from Lakeland's Brew Hub

    Bars & Spirits

    As popular as the American IPA is, it's hardly surprising that it has been the canvas for many of the most prominent beer trends of the past few years: session IPA, New England-style IPA, sour IPA, single malt and single hop IPA — even coffee IPA.

    Brew Hub
  3. Ouch: Red Sox first pitch hits cameraman in the groin (w/video)


    Ceremonial first pitches at baseball games are often painful to watch, but this one turned out to be literally painful for a cameraman.

  4. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn donates $1,000 to move Confederate monument


    TAMPA — The fundraising effort to remove a Confederate monument from downtown Tampa has tripled its haul since Hillsborough County commissioners tied the statue’s fate to the success of the campaign.

    A check from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn for $1,000 to remove the Confederate monument from downtown Tampa.
  5. President Trump: Nation's culture being 'ripped apart' by Civil War statue removals


    WASHINGTON — Showing his characteristic refusal to back down in the face of criticism, President Donald Trump deepened his defense of Confederate war memorials Thursday, sending out a series of messages on Twitter that adopted the language and arguments of white nationalists who have opposed their removal.

    President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday. Republican leaders on Wednesday tiptoed around Trump's extraordinary comments on white supremacists.  [Associated Press]