Brad Hunter | Chatham Daily News
Almarosa Tenorio was frightened and “did not want to go” on a marriage-mending Caribbean cruise, her children have revealed.
Those fears were sadly warranted.
On Nov. 13, Tenorio, 52, of Spanish Fort, Ala., plunged 16 stories to her death aboard the Royal Princess.
At the time, the ship was sailing between Curacao and Aruba.
Witnesses reportedly saw her struggling with an unidentified man who was seen choking her before her plunge from the upper deck.
“My mom did not want to go on this cruise,” Andrea Smith told ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday. “She knew something was going to happen.”
Smith said her mother was “hesitant” about the trip.
Son Timothy Tenorio found it odd that his mother hugged him so tight before she and his father, Leo, embarked on their holiday.
“I was kind of curious about why it was so long,” he said.
So far, Leo Tenorio is considered a witness but not a suspect, local authorities said. Still, a cloud of suspicion hangs over the widower.
He has insisted to local media that Almarosa’s death was a tragic accident but not a murder.
“Her death will haunt me forever,” he told Fox10 News, adding he wants to see his wife’s memory treated with “respect.”
The couple’s son said his parents wanted some quality bonding time.
“He [Leo] specifically said they were going on this cruise because they wanted one week in order to work on their relationship, just like them two alone,” Timothy said.
The son told GMA his dad “always wanted the best for his mother” and was a “supportive husband.”
No cause of death has been released and the FBI is now investigating.
Princess Cruises said it is “cooperating fully” with the probe.
The ship left Fort Lauderdale Nov. 9 and was bound for Aruba.
“I can’t focus. It’s like my rock is gone. It’s just very painful for me. I’m trying to do the best I can. It’s just very hard for me,” Timothy Tenorio said. “I’m trying to stay strong, however, it feels like my strong isn’t all the way there anymore.”
GoFundMe page has been established for the family.
Bron: Chatham Daily News