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Man killed in front of children and mother in Jupiter Farms

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Brian Canarelli,40, is accused of killing the{ }fiancé of his soon-to-be ex-wife in Jupiter Farms on June 22, 2021. (WPEC)

A mother watched her adult son get gunned down in Jupiter Farms.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrested 40-year-old Brian Canarelli on a charge of first-degree murder with a firearm in connection to Tuesday's shooting. The victim's name is being withheld at the request of his family.

Investigators say the ordeal began as a argument between the victim and his fiancée, who happened to be in the middle of a divorce with Canarelli.

The fiancée told investigators that she and the victim had been arguing all day and that her son wanted to go to Canarelli's house. She said she called Canarelli to come pick up their son. That's when the woman's fiancé started to argue with her about Canarelli coming to their home. The woman said Canarelli parked outside the gate to the home and that he and her fiancé started to get into an argument. She said she heard a gunshot and saw her fiancé on the ground. She told investigators that Canarelli admitted to shooting her fiancé as she gave him CPR.

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The victim's mother said she had been in contact with her adult son all day via text messages. She knew that her son had been arguing with his fiancée and had discussed an exit strategy for her. She said her son had asked her to come to the house to pick up his two children.

When she arrived, she told investigators that a white Porsche SUV pulled up behind her at a high rate of speed and began honking the horn over and over again. The victim's mother realized it was Canarelli. She said she opened the front gate and parked her car in the driveway. Her son came out and put his two children in her car. She said she heard her son yell at Canarelli to leave the property. She said she then saw Canarelli pull out a gun and shoot her son once.

After the victim fell to the ground, she said Canarelli shot him approximately four more times. The woman said the victim had a pebble in his hand before the shooting, but did not lift it toward Canarelli at any time. Canarelli then asked the woman to take his son with her, so she left the home with all three children.

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Deputies found Canarelli's white Porsche Cayenne Turbo S near the entrance to the property, and a gun on the driver's side floorboard. Authorities also recovered six 9mm shell casings on the ground.

Canarelli appeared in court on Thursday morning. According to court records, he's to have no contact with the family of the victim, witnesses, or the children. He's due back in court on August 19.