Woman in Indiantown fatally shot as 10-year-old takes online classes


Woman fatally shot in home as 10-year-old takes online classes at Warfield Elementary in Indiantown

Will Greenlee
Treasure Coast Newspapers
Published 5:15 PM EDT Aug 11, 2020

INDIANTOWN — Donald L. Williams shot his ex-girlfriend multiple times Tuesday morning in a home where a 10-year-old girl took classes online at Warfield Elementary School, Sheriff William Snyder said.

Williams, 27, was taken into custody roughly 40 minutes after the fatal incident, which was reported just after 8 a.m., in the 14700 block of Southwest 173rd Avenue.

Snyder said Williams shot ex-girlfriend Maribel Morales-Rosado, 32, in front of several children in the home. He is suspected to have used a handgun stolen in 2015 in a Sewall’s Point vehicle burglary.

Snyder said investigators believe that after the shooting, Williams got on a bicycle and went to a nearby laundromat and then boarded a community MARTY bus.

Snyder said Williams asked whether the driver would take him to Stuart.

“She said this is a local bus, and he said, ‘Well, no, I need to go to Stuart,’” Snyder said. “He had a bag in his hand. She got suspicious, did the right thing, exited the bus, called 911.”

Donald J. Williams

Snyder said members of the sheriff’s SWAT team were in western Martin County for training and took Williams into custody.

Snyder said Williams will be arrested on charges including first-degree murder, armed burglary and armed home invasion. He said Williams lives a couple of streets away from Morales-Rosado.

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“He went in and confronted her with something to do with a video,” Snyder said. “And then later we learned there was a conversation about Facebook.”

Snyder said Williams and Morales-Rosado have been separated for more than a year. He also said she recently was released from jail in connection with a domestic battery case in which Williams was the victim.

Snyder said investigators suspect most of the children in the home, who range in age from 10 to 17, saw the shooting.

Snyder said the teacher of the 10-year-old also heard a commotion of some type. Tuesday was the first day of school in Martin County, with many opting to attend classes virtually following concerns about COVID-19.

“The teacher said that she heard a commotion, heard profanity, realized there was some kind of domestic altercation, (but) still could see the child online,” Snyder said.

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He said the teacher muted her computer, not wanting anyone else to hear the shouting, and then she sees the 10-year-old put her hands up to her ears.

Morales-Rosado was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, but died.

Snyder said the child’s computer was hit by a projectile.

Will Greenlee is a breaking news reporter for TCPalm. He also covers strange, wild and weird Treasure Coast crimes in “Off The Beat.” Follow Will on Twitter @OffTheBeatTweet or reach him by phone at 772-267-7926. E-mail him at will.greenlee@tcpalm.com