Elderly Gay Man First Miami Murder Of 2008
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: January 18, 2008 - 5:00 pm ET
(Miami, Florida) Miami-Dade police are searching for a 20-year old man in connection with the murder of an elderly gay man who had taken him into his home.
The body of Alexio Bello, 68, was found by his housekeeper. An autopsy showed he had been stabbed to death.
The apartment had been ransacked and a pair of bloody shoes were found near the body.
The housekeeper identified the shoes as belonging to Jorge Espinoza Navarette, a young homeless man who Bello had taken in.
Police as identified Navarette as a "person of interest" in the case but he seemingly has disappeared.
Navarette is a Mexican national who came to South Florida from North Carolina in mid-December.
Bello had been born in Cuba and came to the United States in the mid 70s.
He had been briefly married and fathered a daughter, Joanna who is now 27. Bello and his wife split up when she was a baby and she never knew him. Ironically she found him and they were preparing to meet, the Miami Herald reports, but he was killed before that could happen.
Other members of Bello's family had remained in contact with him. His nice told a news conference this week that he was a kind loving man.
"He didn't deserve to die like that," Perla Borelli told reporters, wiping back tears from her eyes. "I loved him like a father."
Borelli called on anybody who had information about the murder to call police.