Lauderhill, Florida. (WSVN) – The family of a South Florida man who was ambushed and killed outside the market he owned in the Caribbean is demanding justice for his murder.
Speaking to 7News on Wednesday, the Goodings shared their quality time with husband and father George (aka Frankie).
“My husband was one of the kindest, hardworking, gentle, family-oriented, warm people you could find,” said the victim’s widow, Mary Gooding.
Frankie traveled from his home in Lauderhill to St Vincent and the Grenadines, where they have a second home and recently opened a supermarket.
“That was my husband’s dream, that was his legacy: creating generational wealth,” Mary said.
Building wealth for son Zeandrae, 18, who is facing some challenges after birth at 24 weeks.
“There’s a medium softness in Frankie’s heart about Zeandrae. Zeandrae can’t take care of herself,” Mary said. “He won’t be able to go to college.”
Zeandrae also adores his father.
“He was very caring,” he said.
The loving father of five and a grandson was murdered as he left his supermarket on the island on Saturday.
“His friend was driving there, [Frankie] It’s on the passenger side. When the guy came up behind him, stood up straight up, shot him in the back of the head,” Mary said, “and then he fell to the ground, and the guy turned around and shot him twice in the head, and he ran away. Lost. “
Frankie’s friend tried CPR, but the 60-year-old did not survive.
Mary, his wife and partner of 25 years, said she received a call from St. Vincent police a few days later.
“I have not been given proper updates on my husband’s situation,” she said. “As far as I know, apart from the gun, the clothes, the gloves the killer was wearing, they have the main evidence on hand.”
Mary has contacted the FBI and the US embassy, telling them to investigate. She said Frankie knew something bad was going to happen and he expressed his concerns in a voicemail recorded days before the murder.
“Hey Cohen, this is your dad. I don’t know if this message I sent you here is—I’m not even sure there’s going to be a next one,” Frankie said via voicemail. “I just want you to know that I want you to make sure Zeandrae is taken care of for me. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but something serious is going to happen here. If this is my last voicemail, I just want you to know that I Love you all.”
“It was really hard. I cried a lot,” Zeandrae said.
Now he and the rest of the Goodings are hoping to find someone responsible for Frankie’s last words.
“Find him. He must rot in prison, rot in prison,” Zeandrae said.
Mary said she has yet to hear back from the FBI. The family is still waiting for answers as they plan to return Frankie’s remains to Florida and arrange a funeral.
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