On June 19, 2013, Javier Burgos shot and killed two fellow custodians at Dreyfoos High School in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office identified the Colombia-born Burgos as a suspect in the shooting as early as 2014 but did not issue a warrant for his arrest until 2016. By that time Burgos had already fled the country to his native home.
On May 24, 2017, Burgos went to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia and asked to be assisted in returning to the U.S. in order to face the two first-degree murder charges. He pleaded guilty on July 17, 2017 and was sentenced to life in prison.
Palm Beach County Schools media specialist Julie Houston-Trieste stated no students were on campus during the shooting and that the school district supports an increase in security across the county.
“We are reviewing protocol and are investing in fortifying our buildings,” she said.
Representatives from the high school and sheriff’s office declined to comment further.