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Florida man charged with murder after suicide pact with girlfriend at shooting range

A police official said Alec Almanzar and his girlfriend put their heads together and he fired. She died, he survived.
 
Alec Almanzar, 23, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, whom he shot during a suicide pact at a Florida shooting range, police said.
Alec Almanzar, 23, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, whom he shot during a suicide pact at a Florida shooting range, police said. [ Volusia County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Feb. 28, 2022

Editor’s note: This story includes discussion of suicide. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, resources are available to help. Please see the information at the end of this story.

DAYTONA BEACH — The survivor of an apparent murder-suicide pact has been charged with his girlfriend’s death, officials said.

Alec Almanzar, 23, fatally shot Ayadalis Chalas, 21, at the Hot Shot Shooting Range in Holly Hill on Oct. 7, police said.

The pair went to the shooting range and rented a 9mm Glock handgun from the business that afternoon, Holly Hill police Lt. Chris Yates told The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

“Basically, they just put their heads together and he shot into her head,” Yates said on Thursday. “The bullet went through her head into his head.”

Yates said a suicide note wasn’t found.

According to surveillance video from the shooting range, the couple asked for two targets and obtained eye and ear protection and a box of ammunition before heading to the shooting lanes.

A camera recorded Almanzar talking to Chalas as he loaded the firearm and then fired at the targets one at a time.

He then positioned himself so the right side of his head was touching the left side of Chalas’ head, the newspaper reported. He pointed the gun and pulled the trigger. But the gun misfired.

After checking the gun, he then fired three shots at the target before firing at Chalas’ head as his head touched hers, police said.

Chalas was dead when rescue workers arrived. Almanzar was sitting in a chair with a compress on his head.

After he was released from the hospital on Dec. 15, Almanzar went with his family to New York. He was extradited back to Florida to face second-degree murder charges, Yates said.

“They knew that the charges were coming down,” Yates told the newspaper. “Now he is back in our custody and will be facing the charges.”

Need help?

If you are in immediate danger from domestic violence, call 911. The Florida Coalition of Domestic Violence can be reached at 800-500-1119 or via TDD at 800-621-4202. Here’s how to reach Tampa Bay’s domestic violence agencies for help:

Hillsborough County: Call or text The Spring of Tampa Bay’s 24-hour crisis line at 813-247-7233 or visit online at thespring.org. The TTY line is 813-248-1050.

Pasco County: Contact Sunrise of Pasco County via its 24-hour hotline at 1-888-668-7273 or 352-521-3120, or go online at www.sunrisepasco.org.

Pinellas County: Contact Community Action Stops Abuse, or CASA, by calling the 24-hour hotline at 727-895-4912, texting casa-stpete.org/chat or visiting casapinellas.org. The TTY line at 727-828-1269.