Florida Girl’s Mother Shot and Killed During First Day of Online Class: Police

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
August 12, 2020US News
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Florida Girl’s Mother Shot and Killed During First Day of Online Class: Police
A Florida man was arrested for shooting and killed a woman as a 10-year-old girl was starting her first day of online school, said officials. (Martin County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida man was arrested for shooting and killing a woman as her 10-year-old girl was starting her first day of online school, said officials.

Donald Williams, 27, is accused of shooting and killing 32-year-old Maribel Rosado Morales in front of her four children and two cousins in Martin County, said Sheriff William Snyder, according to WPEC.

Williams allegedly entered the home at around 8 a.m. and confronted Morales about a video, Snyder said in a press conference broadcast by WPEC. He then shot her several times and fled the scene.

Snyder said the girl’s teacher at Warfield Elementary School witnessed the incident while she was setting up the class via Zoom.

“The teacher’s online—I’ve never done a Zoom with children, so I’m picturing there’s other children on—and the teacher can see the children,” he said, adding that realized it was “some sort of domestic altercation.”

“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,” Snyder said, adding that the Zoom call ended quickly after a bullet hit the computer she was using.

The child wasn’t injured during the shooting, officials said.

Williams confessed to the shooting and will face first-degree murder charges, the sheriff said.

Investigators told The Associated Press that the incident occurred in front of Morales’s four children and two cousins.

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