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MOTHER HOLDING BABY SHOT, KILLED

Family members say the victim's boyfriend shot her twice inside her mother's home.

A 31-year-old woman holding her baby in her arms was shot to death in her mother's home Tuesday night by her boyfriend, family members said.

SaQuanda Tamika Simon, 31, of 5709 E 30th Ave. in Grant Park, was shot twice, family members said.

Morris Coleman, 69, of Tampa, said the victim - his great-niece - was inside the house when the niece's boyfriend burst in and shot her twice as she was holding her baby.

The shooter was not yet in custody, Coleman said Tuesday night. Deputies had not released the name of the suspect at press time.

Simon's mother, Arleen Jackson, 46, who shares the house with her daughter, was home at the time. She told the Times that her daughter, a Brandon High School graduate, was a registered nurse studying for a master's degree in nursing, and had been in orientation at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center for past two months. She had four children, ages 10, 7 and twins 19 months old.

Jackson said her daughter had been dating the same man for seven years, and he was the father of their twins.

"He shot her," she said.

Jackson thought everything was okay between them because they went to a party this weekend.

"She just loved her kids and family and loved taking care of her children," she said.

Deputies say what started as a domestic violence call ended with the woman's death, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Dispatchers received the call for help at 9:14 p.m., said Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the sheriff. The intersection of 58th Street and 30th Avenue has been blocked off as detectives worked on the crime scene.

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