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Pardino's the site of a murder???


I've been going there as a regular for like 15 years.








Aventura man, 63, slain as wife waits in restaurant


By Brian Haas

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Posted February 12 2006


It was supposed to be a good end to a night of fun that included a performance of Cirque du Soleil in Miami.


But Albert Avenaim's Friday night ended in a deadly confrontation with a robber in the parking lot of a Hallandale Beach restaurant, while his wife waited to make reservations inside.



Avenaim, 63, had dropped off his wife about 8 p.m. at the front of Padrino's Cuban restaurant at 2500 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. and went to park, said Detective Ron Beukers with the Hallandale Beach Police Department. The two were dining with friends who had accompanied them to Miami. Avenaim pulled around back and was boxed in by a dark-colored Nissan Altima, Beukers said. The wheels of the Altima had five-spoke chrome rims.


A witness saw a scuffle. Another heard three gunshots. Avenaim was struck by two bullets.


Beukers said the shooter hopped back into his Altima and tore off west on Diana Drive.


Avenaim died, with his wife still waiting in the restaurant.


Beukers said that the motive for the shooting was robbery, though he declined to say whether anything was taken from Avenaim.


Detectives had little to go on and were canvassing the neighborhoods around the restaurant for anyone who may have seen or heard anything.


Avenaim's family in Aventura reeled at his death Saturday. His wife, Joan, was too distraught to speak at the family home.


"We are in absolute shock that this could happen, that one person's actions could change so many people's lives," said his sister-in-law, Colleen Avenaim.


She said her brother-in-law had retired five years ago from his business in Kansas City. There, for 30 years, his company sold postage meter machines and office furniture.


He retired to Hallandale Beach before he moved to Aventura. In his retirement, he has traveled the world with his wife to India, China and Europe.


"What comforts us is that in the last five years he's packed so much into that short time," Colleen Avenaim said.


She wondered how Joan Avenaim would cope without the easygoing, friendly man who loved life.


"She is so distraught. She does not know how she'll go on," Colleen Avenaim said. "It just sickens us."


Anyone with information about the murder of Albert Avenaim should contact Detective Beukers at 954-457-1400 or Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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