The first day of school turned into a tragic nightmare after a Florida mother was killed in front of her four children.
The incident occurred on Tuesday in Indiantown, Florida, as the woman’s 10-year-old was on a Zoom call for the first day of remote learning.
Police say the girl’s teacher “heard a commotion, heard profanity” and “realized it was some sort of domestic altercation” in the background. So she muted the call, just before the fatal shots were fired.
“The teacher said she mutes her button [so] nobody has to hear it and then she sees the 10-year-old put her hands up to her ears,” Sheriff William Snyder explained in a press conference, revealing that the screen went black shortly after.
Maribel Rosado Morales, 32, was gunned down in front of her children and her two young cousins. The suspect, 27-year-old Donald Williams, went to Morales’ home to confront her about a Facebook video. Morales was Williams’ ex.
After the fatal shooting, Williams fled on a bike. He later got on a city bus and ordered the driver to take him to another neighborhood that was not on her route. As a result, she called the police.
Williams was arrested and provided a “full confession” shortly thereafter. He has since been charged with murder, in addition to several other felony charges. He is also expected to be slapped with additional charges of armed burglary and armed home invasion, as well as consequences due to the presence of children.
Now, as a result, the victim’s children, who are between the ages of 10 to 17, will need to be placed in a new home.
“Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the victim’s family, including the children present in the home who were witnesses to this heart-breaking and senseless tragedy,” the Warfield Elementary School and the Martin County School District said a statement.
“We have our grief team deployed to assist students and staff who will undoubtedly feel the impact of this horrible incident. We stand ready to assist and offer support in any way we can.”