One of the victims, 24-year-old Liazan Molina, was Regalado’s wife, although police say the couple had recently separated. Both were Cuban and legal U.S. residents. Hialeah Det. Carl Zogby told the Daily News the case was “closed – it’s been cleared by death of offender,” and that Hernandez was not questioned in the investigation. Zogby said the motive may have been related to a domestic dispute, and that the gun was legally owned by Regalado. No suicide note was found.
“El Duque was not close to (Regalado). He had not talked to him in over a year,” Juan Iglesias, a sports agent who represents El Duque’s half-brother, Livan Hernandez, told The News. “Duque is in shock. He has no words to explain it.”
While Livan, a Nationals starting pitcher, and Orlando share the same biological father, Regalado and Orlando have the same mother. Livan and Regalado are not related. “I was playing golf yesterday and got a text message and said, ‘What?’ It surprised a lot of people who are around my brother,” Livan Hernandez said before last night’s Nationals game. Hernandez added that he thought Regalado had “some problems, but you never expect anybody to do something like that.”
Regalado did not play baseball according to Iglesias, who added that El Duque had tried to help Regalado get a car and an apartment when he arrived in the States. “On behalf of the Hernandez family, we would like to offer our deepest sympathy to all of the families involved in this terrible tragedy. It is with great pain that we reach out to everyone affected and offer our prayers in this time of sorrow,” read a statement from Orlando Hernandez and his family. El Duque, who lives in Miami, could not be reached for comment.