SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - People living in a quiet Tamiami neighborhood, woke up to a Christmas eve nightmare.

Police are investigating after a mother was killed by her husband in Southwest Miami-Dade.

Miami-Dade Police officers responded to the scene at a home along Southwest 20th Street and 134th Avenue just after midnight, Friday.

“I woke up to about three gun shots, and I jumped out of bed, me and my husband, um the first thing we did was grab our kids,” said Dimary Codero, next door neighbor.

Authorities said the 40-year-old husband shot his 37-year-old wife in their backyard before trying to take his own life.

“I noticed that it was a man, because he, after shooting, after like three shots, he yells and he continues to shoot,” said Codero.

The couple’s children, a 13-year-old and a five-year-old, were home at the time.

The 13-year-old called 911.

“After probably like I don’t know about five to six gun shots, I hear a cry and yell of kids, and I know there’s children so, imagine I’m a mom. So I can only expect the worse,” said Codero.

Paramedic quickly showed up and pronounced the woman dead, they took her husband to Kendall Trauma.

“Did you think of your children that you marked their life forever? I mean this something that they’ll never perhaps experience what Christmas should be. They’re always going to remember, you know, Christmas Eve, my mom passed away,” said Codero.

The husband is in critical condition.

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