While investigators try to figure out the motive of an Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers at a busy international airport in Florida, the suspected gunman was charged and could face the death penalty if convicted.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The girlfriend of the man accused of killing five in a Florida airport has avoided reporters, but her eldest daughter said Monday that the family is grieving for those slain and the six others wounded.

“My deepest condolences to the innocent people who lost their lives and/or were injured,” Robyn Peterson, the 18-year-old daughter of Gina Peterson, wrote in a statement released late Monday. “My heart’s warmest sincerity to their families, friends, and my mother, brother and sisters.”

Gina Peterson, 40, had lived with 26-year-old Esteban Santiago in a small Anchorage apartment since last year. Santiago faces federal charges in the Friday shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Peterson has declined media interviews since the shooting and posted a “no trespassing” sign outside her apartment Saturday. She gave birth to Santiago’s son in September.

Each of the family member’s names are posted on a mailbox outside the apartment.

Robyn Peterson, who…