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Middle school vice principal, sixth-grade teacher victims in Brandon double murder/suicide

Published Feb. 25, 2017

BY SARA DINATALE

Times Staff Writer

BRANDON — An estranged soon-to-be ex-husband murdered his wife and another woman in a three-way gun battle before killing himself, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Vicente Fuillerat, 53, broke through a sliding glass door into the Hickory Creek home of Samara Routenberg at 6:30 Friday morning, armed with a shot gun and wearing a bulletproof vest.

Routenberg, 39, and her partner, Lisa Fuillerat, 51, both armed themselves with hand guns. A firefight began, ending with the death of the two women. Vicente Fuillirat was shot, including a bullet in his vest, but the wound were not fatal. He killed himself. Investigators found a note pinned to his body, but officials did not disclose what it said.

Lisa Fuillerat, a sixth-grade math teacher, and Routenberg, an assistant principal, both worked at Lake Gibson Middle School in Polk County. They lived as a couple in Routenberg's home.

Records show that Vicente Fuillirat had a violent past. He was arrested on charges of burglary and aggravated battery on Oct. 2, 2015, for which he was sentenced to probation in March 2016.

Three days later, Routenberg petitioned Hillsborough County Court for protection from repeat violence from Vicente Fuillerat. Lisa Fuillerat accused him of stalking her.

Later that month, Lisa Fuillerat filed for a divorce in Polk County Court. But Routenberg's repeat violence petition was dismissed.

The divorce proceedings continued for years, and were still ongoing this week. The Fuillerats were expected in court on Friday afternoon — that same day, deputies were requested to do a welfare check at Routenberg's home.

Lisa Dumond, a neighbor, remembered both women as quiet. She suspected they were trying to hide from Vicente.

"If you were trying to avoid your ex-husband finding where you were that would probably be you behavior," she said. She remembers the violence and the deputy cars. She said Vicente beat one of the woman with a stick or a pole.

"He came back to finish the job," she said.

On Dec. 12, 2015, Routenberg posted a review to a private investigator and digital forensic group's Facebook page, saying she found it "because of a bad situation."

She said it helped her feel safe.

Dumond looked on at the scene as deputies worked into the early hours Saturday morning.

"We could have been more to protect her," DuMond said of her neighborhood. "Someone could have gotten the man's description. We could have at least known it was him trolling around, to kind of stalk her ... but nobody did anything."

Check tampabay.com for updates on this developing story.

Contact Sara DiNatale at sdinatale@tampabay.com or 727-893-8862. Follow her on Twitter at @sara_dinatale. Senior news researcher John Martin and staff writer Anastasia Dawson contributed to this report.