Man Shares Murder Picture on Facebook After Shooting His Wife


A Miami man is in jail after allegedly killing his wife, then confessing to the crime and posting a grisly image of the body on Facebook.

The incident started on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, when 31-year-old Derek Medina shot his wife, 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso, to death, according to police. Within minutes of the killing, Medina was on Facebook with the message “I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news…”

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A few minutes after that, a photo of Alfonso’s bloody body appeared with the post:

A pixelated version of the photo that was shared on Facebook

A pixelated version of the photo that was shared on Facebook

The photo was quickly removed by Facebook, which later deactivated Medina’s wall.

(Medina’s YouTube channel remains active, however, with more than 100 video clips documenting everything from his kickboxing style to writing philosophy.)

Medina turned himself into Miami police later in the day and currently is being held in the psychiatric ward of the county jail, pending arraignment. To add to the public spectacle, Medina’s surrender to police was captured on surveillance camera in a video clip later shared on TV and online media.

A photograph of Derek Medina and Jennifer Alfonso

A photograph of Derek Medina and Jennifer Alfonso

Medina claimed in the Facebook post that Alfonso had abused him and later told police that she had threatened him with a knife just before he shot her. Yet photos posted to Facebook, including one added less than 24 hours before the shooting, show a smiling couple.

Medina was aspiring actor whose most prominent role was a 2009 appearance on the USA series “Burn Notice,” where he played a gang banger.

Medina (middle) in "Burn Notice"

Medina (middle) in “Burn Notice”

Medina was also a prolific, if punctuation-challenged author of self-help books, including “How I Saved Someone’s Life And Marriage And Family Problems Thru Communication.”

Inappropriate photo sharing has led to arrests for crimes ranging from identity theft to murder,  but Medina may well have set a new low point both for the speed in oversharing and heinousness of offense.

(via CNN and New York Daily News)

Image credits: Photographs by Derek Medina/Facebook, USA Networks

  • superduckz

    This is a pathetic statement on our culture.

  • Sean Shipley

    I may be wrong but there’s ways to stop a person from hitting you without killing them…

  • Whoops

    Looks like somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed

  • Mescalamba

    In this case it was more like “wrong bed”..

  • Oliver Salathiel

    Uh, how is this at all photography related?

  • skurge2144

    See.. there was a picture taken. Then the picture was shared. A picture is a “photography”. ¬¬

  • Charles Mason

    it’s the ultimate example of photo sharing gone wrong

  • Stuart Williams

    Why is this on here? Really?

  • Dave

    Be careful now….you are about to really upset a bunch of people that misinterpret the 2nd amendment.

  • Tom Waugh

    So he wrote a self help book entitled “How I Saved Someone’s Life And Marriage And Family Problems Thru Communication.” Oh the irony.

  • unreal

    Stupid people are every where!!!

  • Jake

    Not my culture!

    Hopefully not yours either…

    (That’s right, America isn’t just one massive heterogenous society.)

  • superduckz

    No I agree, but it is not hundreds of thousands of monolithic and isolated subcultures. We all contribute “something” to the bigger picture. It all overlaps to form what many might call call a stereotype. And that stereotype of worship of fame (and in absence of that notoriety) at any cost a is not a pretty picture.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Judging by the titles of his “self help” novels that he wrote, this guy was obviously mentally ill.

    Also, he was a BACKGROUND ACTOR aka extra on Burn Notice, which hardly makes him an actor.

  • Going_green

    WOW everyday we sink to new lows….GOD HELP US!

  • cc

    You mean homogenous

  • Jake

    Yes, I do. Thanks.

  • Randell

    Stupid people with guns are everywhere.