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Dena Vanvoorhis


Dena Vanvoorhis is the victim of Sunday’s murder-suicide in Boca Raton.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — has confirmed that Dena Vanvoorhis, 65, of Sharon, Connecticut was shot and killed in the home at 5500 NW Third Terrace on Sunday. She is the victim of the murder-suicide that continues to be the subject of controversy involving the Boca Raton Police Department.

As we have reported, the City of Boca Raton refuses to release information regarding the killer, stating that identifying the gunman would identify the victim — someone already identified by the family on social media. Why the police department continues to shield the identity of the killer remains unclear. The killer is dead and the public could have valuable information about the suspect’s actions and state of mind in the days leading up to murder. However, police claim that releasing the information would violate ”Marsy’s Law” which was created to protect victims — not killers. The Boca Raton Police Department is the only area police department that is shielding killers. The Broward Sheriff’s Office on Friday, investigating its own murder-suicide, immediately identified the name of its suspected murderer who lived with the victim.

Dena Vanvoorhis was killed by a family member who has learned was so angry, he didn’t just shoot her, but maimed her. Our source says police are investigating what made him so mad that he didn’t stop with just a fatal bullet. Read more concerning the investigation here. The murder-suicide took place at what public records reveal is the home of Vanvoorhis’ mother, Nadine Strumlauf, 92. Family was apparently gathering at Nadine Strumlauf’s home in Boca Raton to celebrate her birthday.

Dena’s family member posted this to GoFundMe: “Hello everyone! On July 10th at about 10:30 pm my dad, Ross Fleury-, received a phone call that his fiancee’ had been shot and killed.  While vacationing to Boca Raton FL. To see her mother, upon arrival, mayhem met my step mother Dena Vanvoorhis, who was shot. Dena was a mother to three. Billy, Wayne, and Rodney. She was also my step mother and has many grandchildren. She was a loving fiancee and she had a fire that is rarely seen. She was amazing. We do not have all the details or funeral arrangements at this time and the case is still being investigated. At this time we are asking our community to come together to help with expenses for funeral and memorial costs. We now have to plan 2 funerals and ask for your help. All donations will go to Ross Fleury of Sharon CT to handle expenses. Please remember Dena’s smile and when we have more information available we will post it. When we have funeral arrangements and a p.o. box for you to send condolences we will also update. Thanks for the support! Always in our hearts Dena.”

While Boca Raton Police continue to shield the killer’s identity, sources tell that one of the people in the house at the time of the murder-suicide was a family member in his 30s who used to live in the house and now works as a traveling nurse. Public records show that Wayne Pfeister, 36, once used the address of the killing as his official address, and is listed on LinkedIn as a traveling nurse. He has been unreachable despite multiple attempts. asks Mr. Pfeister to call us at 561-576-NEWS.



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