Florida police officials say 27-year-old York Zed Bodden, who was facing capital murder charges after fatally shooting two of his roommates and critically wounding another, hung himself in his jail cell, reported Orlando Sentinel. At approximately 12 p.m. on Friday, Bodden was arrested in connection to the triple shooting that transpired at Carolina Club Apartments on Thursday in Daytona Beach.
Sources say Bodden fatally shot two college students, Timesha Carswell, 21, and 19-year-old Diona McDonald, who were also his roommates, in the head at close range after an argument ensued about $200 rent. Allegedly, the suspect became irate after the two young ladies threatened to evict him if he didn’t pay his portion of the rent.
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Another victim, 20-year-old Micah Parham, was also present during the triple shooting and was shot multiple times. He survived the attack, but is currently listed in “grave condition.” Chief Mike Chitwood, who works at the Daytona Beach Police Department, released a statement to News 13 saying, “Thursday afternoon, York Bodden walked into an apartment at Carolina Club Apartments and assassinated two beautiful young women with a bright future. He then stood over our male victim, Micah Parham and put several bullets into his body, leaving him for dead, which is the ultimate cowardly act.”
“He gets arrested Friday in Miami by FDLE agents charging him with capital murder. While in his jail cell in Miami, instead of facing the people he murdered and maimed, he reverted to another cowardly act and hanged himself.”
A witness who was identified as Sydney Washington claims that Bodden’s roommates asked him to help evict the man. However, Bodden later pulled out a gun and that’s when Washington took action. He tried “wrestling the gun away,” but was unsuccessful; therefore, he jumped out of the window to seek help.
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Although all four roommates were from Michigan, they moved to Daytona Beach together to pursue degrees in music at Bethune-Cookman University. “The students were victims of a fatal domestic violence incident that occurred at a privately owned apartment complex in Daytona Beach, Florida, early Thursday afternoon,” Bethune-Cookman University said in a statement. “While the campus Department of Public Safety is working with the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD), it is considered an active investigation and DBPD will release all official information.”
“This is a very unfortunate incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones and fellow classmates of these students.”
“When you walk into a scene like that and you see young people with their band equipment set out for B-CU, with their books, job applications set out, their whole life ahead of them, and this animal walked in and erased that,” Chitwood said. “And to think about that father in Michigan, thousands of miles away, and he gets a call in the middle of the night from the Daytona Beach Police Dept. and you’re daughter is no longer around, why? Why?”
When police officials tried to apprehend the suspect on Friday, he ran but was later captured and taken to Miami-Dade County jail, where he waited to be transferred back to Daytona Beach. However, later that day, he was found dead in cell after hanging himself.
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