An 86-year-old Florida sugar factory worker who had been at work for more than three decades shot his boss on Friday morning after being told his services were no longer needed, authorities said.
Felix Cabrera has been arrested on charges of first-degree premeditated murder after a shooting at a sugar cane cooperative in Bell Glade, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said.
Between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, Cabrebra’s boss instructed him to leave and not return to work, the sheriff’s office said. Cabrera asked his employer if he could, for financial reasons, work for an additional year at the sugar factory.
After the boss said no, Cabrebra pulled a gun from his pocket and fired several shots, killing his boss, the sheriff’s office said.
The victim’s name was not released by the sheriff’s department. He was a 67-year-old man from nearby Martin County.
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The sugar cane cooperative consists of 44 different sugar cane farms operating on about 70,000 acres in the Everglades agricultural area near Lake Okeechobee in South Florida.
The cooperative issued a statement saying it was “horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless violence,” according to The Palm Beach Post.
“The victim was part of the family of sugar cane coopers and we pray for the relatives of the victim, as well as for all members of our team and producers,” the statement said.
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Cabrera made his first appearance in court on Saturday. It was not immediately clear whether Cabrera had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.