An “unusual” knock on their door interrupted the Venturas’ Sunday night.
The family’s patriarch, Albert Ventura III, said he yelled out, asking who was there. No one replied, but there was another knock.
Frustrated, Ventura opened the door. He said four men were outside, one of whom pushed him to the ground and held a gun to the back of his head. Another pointed a gun to his front, he said.
His oldest son, Albert Ventura IV, tried to shove them off, according to Ventura, “and they unloaded on him right there, that quick and that easy.”
Ventura said they fired eight shots, one of which hit the older Ventura’s leg.
“I caught my son falling to the ground as he was dying,” he said.
The younger Ventura, 22, died outside his family’s Palm Beach Gardens-area home at about 9 p.m. Sunday. Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities would not comment on the case Wednesday beyond calling the shooting “an isolated incident.”
They would neither speak to Ventura’s account of the night nor comment on what they believe led to the fatal shooting, the 63rd confirmed homicide in the county this year, according to a Palm Beach Post online database.
Ventura suspects the men showed up at the home south of Northlake Boulevard between Interstate 95 and Congress Avenue to rob his son.
He said he didn’t recognize any of the men who were outside his home, and he wasn’t sure whether his son did.
The 22-year-old had “big plans” for the coming months, his father said, including restarting classes at Palm Beach State College.
The Palm Beach Gardens High School graduate wanted to be an oceanographer, his father said. The younger Ventura, known as “Ace,” spent most of his time by the water, or flooding his father’s home with friends.
“They’re never less than 10 people here,” Ventura said about the home he, his son and his three younger children shared.
He was “the perfect big brother” to his three younger siblings, who were home the night he was killed, their father said.
The younger Ventura’s friends crowded his home Tuesday night to swap stories of the man who loved to go to festivals, play football “and just have fun,” his father said.
He helped care for his brothers and sister, and together, the father-son pair ran the household.
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Each night before the older Ventura left for his night-shift job, he and his son sat and talked in the father’s bedroom. They sorted out bills — the younger Ventura kept track of those — and the family’s schedule. They shared mundane details of their day along with their dreams for the future.
“I’m going to miss him so much,” Ventura said. “He was my rock. He was my everything.”
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 561-688-4300 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).