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Man Kills Mom in Front of Her Kids in Attempted Carjacking



Porsha Owens, 28, was preparing to take her children to a summer child care program at 7:15 a.m. Monday.  18 year old Mark Haywood allegedly came from behind Owens’ car and announced he was going to rob her.  With a shirt over his head, the would be carjacker demanded to Owens: “Give me your money and your car keys” — When Owens refused, he shot her. After he failed to start the car he fled on foot. Owens’ eight-year-old son grabbed his siblings—a five-year-old sister and three-year-old brother—and hid under the car. The boy saw police coming and waved them over to the crime scene where he mother laid on the ground.The brave eight-year-old boy saw his mother get shot to death but his quick thinking to hide his siblings likely saved their lives Owens was transported to a local hospital where she died from a single gunshot wound.

Teen charged in murder of mother, killed in front of her kids

On Wednesday, Mark Haywood was arrested and charged with one count of murder in the second-degree, one count of first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.  Haywood is being held in lieu of $1 million cash bond.

Owens was a safety officer at the Riverview Gardens School District, which remembered her as a “treasured member” of their community and someone “who worked diligently to build positive relationships with scholars and staff.”  Owens’ family has created a GoFundMe page to help support her three children.


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