West Palm Beach authorities have charged 24-year-old Youvens Madeus with first-degree murder after the body of his 27-year-old pregnant girlfriend, Horacia Simeus, was found in the home the two shared on Monday morning.
The victim was on the phone with a victim services advocate during a heated exchange with Madeus when she was attacked. Siemus, who worked at KFC, is mourned by her manager, who called Madeus “abusive” in an interview with WPBF. Siemus had apparently been warned by her family to leave Madeus, as he had been been abusive in the past. Palm Beach County deputies said “at some point during the argument, the suspect armed himself with a machete and struck the victim once with it, killing her.”