HIALEAH, FL. (THECOUNT) — Carmen Ruiz, the Florida dentist shot at her office on East 41st Street in Hialeah in November, has passed away from her injuries, according to Friday morning reports.

Ruiz, 37, succumbed to her gunshot wounds, Hialeah police Sgt. Ibel Perez confirmed Thursday.


According to a Hialeah police report, Ralph Benjamin shot Ramirez multiple times on the stairwell leading to her dental office.

Police said surveillance video revealed that Hector Ledesma acted as the getaway driver.

An investigation determined that Ledesma is the brother of Jose Ledesma, who is facing three to five years in prison if convicted of identity theft. The victim in that 2015 case was Ramirez, who was set to testify in his trial, reports Local10.

Police say Ledesma defrauded Ramirez out of more than $40,000.

Investigators determined that Benjamin and Ledesma purchased one-way tickets to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Ramirez lives, the day after the shooting.

Both men were arrested as they prepared to board a plane at Miami International Airport.

Charges will now be enhanced to include murder.


Geo quick facts: Hialeah is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. With the population of 238,942 at the 2018 United States Census, Hialeah is the sixth-largest city in Florida. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,198,782 people at the 2018 census – Wikipedia.