As a 21-year-old woman is gunned down in her own home, her ex-boyfriend is under arrest for murder. Making matters worse, that deadly shooting took place in front of the couple's two-year-old daughter.
Crime tape still flutters outside the home on Trail Blazer Road. Monday night deputies say 23-year-old Travis Peacock climbed the stairs, broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and opened fire.
CAPT Mike Wood of the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "Based on what we see at the scene, we feel that she was semi-cornered in the living room area and then ultimately was shot several times."
An autopsy Tuesday afternoon showed 21-year-old Sevetra Donaldson was shot six times. Her new boyfriend, who took cover in a back room, was not hit. Neither was her two-year-old daughter, who may have seen the whole thing.
Mary Floyd, the victim's cousin, says, "She loved her daughter so very much.”
Family members are stunned and angry, saying the high school sweethearts had split up a few months back, but they never imagined this.
Soon after the shooting, authorities in Gadsden County arrested Travis Peacock at a family member's house in Quincy. Leon County detectives say Peacock confessed and told them where to look for the gun.
Investigators spent all day searching for it in the woods off Highway 90. The Sheriff's Department says Donaldson's two-year-old daughter was taken into protective custody and will likely be placed with family.
Peacock will make his first appearance in court Wednesday.