Teacher Watches In Horror As Student’s Mum Is Shot Dead During Zoom Lesson

by : Cameron Frew on : 13 Aug 2020 07:58
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A Florida elementary school teacher could only watch in horror as her student’s mother was shot and killed during a Zoom lesson. 

The incident unfolded just after 8am on Tuesday, August 11, in Indiantown. At the time, an unnamed 10-year-old girl inside the home was taking an online class for Warfield Elementary, echoing many schools’ actions during the current pandemic.

However, the teacher had to watch as a ‘domestic altercation’ emerged from behind the scenes. Soon after, the young girl’s mother was shot dead.


Check out a news report regarding the tragic incident below: 

Donald J Williams was taken into custody the same day in connection with 32-year-old Maribel Rosado-Morales’ death, facing charges of first-degree murder along with other felony offences, according to Martin County Sheriff William Snyder. It is believed the pair had previously dated, and the shooting came after an argument.

As per NBC News, Snyder said at a news conference that the girl’s teacher witnessed the child reacting to the shooting. ‘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.

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He added: 

The teacher said she heard a commotion, heard profanity. Realised there was some type of domestic altercation. Still could see the child that’s online. 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.

Almost immediately after the child put her hands up to her ears, the computer screen went blank. We know the computer was hit with a projectile.

The sheriff added: ‘He went in and confronted her with something to do with a video. And then later we learned there was a conversation about Facebook. He said she actually started to smile at him and he became enraged and shot her.’

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Rosado-Morales was shot multiple times and later died in hospital. There were six children in the house at the time of the incident, four of whom are Rosado-Morales’ children and two cousins – thankfully, none were injured.

The sheriff added that he thinks most, if not all of the children watched the shooting. A GoFundMe page has been set up for Rosado-Morales’ family, which has already raised more than $10,000.

A spokesperson for Martin County School District said: ‘Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and children who were witnesses to this heartbreaking and senseless tragedy.’

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The district added that grief counselors will be on hand for students and staff following the shooting, saying: ‘The incident is still under active investigation by law enforcement, and we will continue to respect the privacy of the teacher and our students.’

Williams had initially fled the scene, but was caught by police after a bus driver called 911. Once a gun was found in a bag on the bus, the suspect reportedly ‘made a full confession’. There had also been reports of domestic violence in the home previously, but the sheriff explained it didn’t appear to be an ‘ongoing problem’.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: News, Florida, Indiantown, School, Shooting, US, Warfield Elementary School, Zoom


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