Tragic Murder-Suicide Claims Mother and 4-Year-Old Son’s Lives Outside Bank

Miami-Dade, Florida – A tragic incident unfolded outside a Chase Bank in West Kendall, as a mother and her 4-year-old son fell victim to a senseless act of violence in a murder-suicide. The family is now left to grapple with the incomprehensible loss of Odalys Bancroft, 43, and her son, Theodore Couto, known as Teddy.

Bancroft, a dedicated professional working as the director of regulatory affairs at Jackson Health System, was described by her brother, Michael Trujillo, as kind-hearted and empathetic. She had a distinguished career within the hospital system, starting as a clinical staff nurse in 2015 and rising to leadership roles at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

The brutal incident transpired when Bancroft, accompanied by her young son, drove up to the bank’s ATM. They were suddenly ambushed by a man in an SUV, who opened fire on the defenseless mother and child, before ultimately turning the gun on himself. The perpetrator’s identity has not been officially confirmed, although family members indicated he was Bancroft’s former partner.

Trujillo expressed disbelief over the heinous actions, stating that there were no overt signs of danger prior to the tragedy. Despite the couple going through a breakup, nothing indicated a potential for such a violent outcome. The devastating impact of their loss was evident as Teddy’s father, present at the scene, was overwhelmed with distress while authorities attempted to offer solace.

Video footage of the chilling event, captured by a bystander, painted a grim picture of the harrowing sequence of events outside the bank. The community has been left shaken by the brutality of the incident, prompting an outpouring of support for the grieving family. A GoFundMe page has been established to assist Bancroft and Teddy’s loved ones during this unimaginably difficult time.