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'Half of me died with him': Family seeks answers over death of Fla. businessman

For nearly five years, Lillian Cuevas and her mother Margarita Goedeke have been handing out fliers, looking for answers, NBCMiami.com reported. "We're never going to stop until we get justice for him," Lillian Cuevas said.

They keep her brother and Margarita's son Franco Cuevas close to their heart after he was murdered in Florida in November 2007. First, it was a missing persons case. A year later, parts of his body were found in Palm Beach Gardens in a metal box.


"Half of me died with him and it's been like that every single day,” his mother Margarita Goedeke said. “Just awful to think of what happened to him, what they did to him."

Detectives and his family believe Cuevas was killed at a kitchen supply business he owned, Pyro Industries, in Pompano Beach.

"He was a good boss. He was a good man,” Lillian Cuevas said. “He had a lot of workers he went above and beyond for."

'Be brave enough'
Now, that side of the building sits empty and unused.

"For us to know his phone was last pinged here and for us to know the history and the problems he was having … we know that the people who worked here know something, and we want them to be brave enough and kind enough to call in Crime Stoppers," Cuevas said.

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Detectives executed a search warrant at Pyro Industries after his body was identified. A week later, his business partner left and hasn't been heard from since.

The Cuevas family isn't giving up hope. They make the drive often to Broward from Collier County where they live to find justice for their son, brother, and a father of four.

In addition to the $1,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers, the Cuevas family is offering $19,000 for information that leads to an arrest. If you know anything, call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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