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On Wednesday, April 3, Boynton Beach school teacher Gabriela Marino, 51, was fatally shot in her car, in the parking lot outside of her apartment complex. The gunman was her boyfriend, Jeffrey Nicholas Garner, who later confronted police with the gun. Officers shot and killed Garner.

Marino was a second-grade teacher at Palm Springs Elementary, and the school has offered grief counseling to students and staff struggling with the loss. She received her certification in bilingual reading from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and taught in Wisconsin schools from 2014-2018. In 2018, she was hired by the Palm Springs County School district.

Marino is mourned by her family in Argentina. An announcement in La Gaceta, a newspaper in northern Argentina’s Tucuman, said in Spanish that Marino’s brother and family were in “deep pain” over “the loss of his beloved sister. We unite in prayer for your eternal rest.”

According to databases, Marino and Garner rented separate units at Manatee Bay, an upscale rental complex between Federal Highway and the Intracoastal Waterway south of Gateway Boulevard. A friend of Garner’s claimed the two had been dating for several months.

If there was negligence on the part of the apartment complex for failing to adequately screen its residents, failure to have appropriate security on the premises, or for other actions which might have prevented this tragedy, Marino’s family may have grounds to move forward with a civil Wrongful Death case.

The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others. Our attorneys have more than 170 years of combined experience investigating and representing those who have suffered tragic loss or severe injuries.


If you know a surviving family member of a person whose life was taken due to negligence, please encourage them to give our firm a call immediately. The consultation is completely free, and there is no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.