Nairobis Alvarez Cruz, 23, died in custody on Wednesday after being arrested and kept in a Miami-Dade jail. The family came to know about the death the next day when they went to the court for her hearing. Cruz had an 8-year-old child.
Cruz’s attorney Sabino Jauregui said, “When I went to court today, that’s when I was informed by the judge and the prosecutor that she passed away yesterday.”
A fellow inmate mentioned that there was a medical emergency. Cruz was shouting for help but no one answered. She had difficulty breathing. The reason behind is still unknown. Authorities are not ready to comment on the matter. According to them, the investigation is still in process and it is not the time to comment.
Cruz was arrested from a motel located at 1775 W Okeechobee Road in March. She had to meet a man to get paid $150 in exchange for sex. The man was robbed at knife-point by two men in the motel room, and Cruz was present at that time. She was arrested on March 17. According to the report, she admitted her involvement.
She was about to be produced in court on Thursday. The family was eager to meet their daughter, whom they described as vibrant and full of life.
Jauregui said, “She was no angel but she was not given a death penalty in this case.”
He added, “Everybody makes mistakes when they’re young and to have a daughter that you entrust to the Department of Corrections and for her to end up dead. It’s very unnerving.”
The death of a young woman has raised questions regarding the standard of treatment inmates get in prison. Her attorney said he will prod deeper into the case.