Florida Mom Fatally Shot During Daughter's Online Class As Teacher Watches

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2020

According to Martin County, Florida, Sheriff William Snyder, Maribel Rosado Morales, 32, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, Donald Williams, 27, inside a home.

As the teacher lead the class she saw the 10-year-old react to the shooting by putting "her hands up to her ears", the report said.

Sheriff Snyder said Mr. Williams gave a full confession and will face a first-degree murder charge and a "multitude of other felony offenses", including armed burglary and armed home invasion.

Williams apparently didn't like something Rosado-Morales said, pulled out a gun and allegedly shot her multiple times. He couldn't say whether keeping her children safe from the virus was the motivating factor for keeping them home.

The child's screen then went blank after apparently being hit by a projectile. The sheriff said Williams was trying to go to a location where the bus did not travel to.

Morales' fiancé said he was on the phone with her when the shooting happened, and he could hear the children yelling that their mother had been shot. They confirmed that all six children are Morales' and she was keeping them home from school because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three of Morales' other children were at the home during the incident, as well as two cousins who live across the street.

On Wednesday, Morales' family members said the child that was online is 9 years old and has Down syndrome. Williams fled the house before police arrived, but was taken into custody after a bus driver called 911 because he was acting odd. "I know people reading about it and seeing it are going to be horrified by the thought that this occurred".

"I've learned through decades of doing this that when you think you've seen everything, you haven't", Snyder said, according to BuzzFeed.

Snyder also said Morales-Rosado recently was released from jail in connection with a domestic battery case in which Williams was the victim, the paper said.

A Martin County School District spokesperson told NBC News that "our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and children who were witnesses to this heartbreaking and senseless tragedy". "We have our grief team deployed to assist students and staff who will undoubtedly feel the impact of this disgusting incident".

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