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Neighbor now faces murder charge after death of mother shot outside Largo apartments

LARGO — One of two women shot last week by a neighbor outside his apartment died Monday night, according to police.

Marguerite Williams, 59, was shot in the head May 7. The other woman, Chantel Johnson, remained hospitalized as of late last week, said Largo police spokesman Sgt. Scott Gore.

The man accused in the shooting, Kenneth James Prince, will now face a charge of second-degree murder, Gore said. That's on top of two attempted murder charges — one for firing at Johnson and another for firing at a third person the same night, police said. Prince, 39, also faces a charge of carrying a concealed firearm.

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Johnson is Williams' daughter, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the family. The page, created Sunday, describes Williams as a "loving mother" and says Johnson is in stable condition.

The night of shootings roiled what neighbors called a normally quiet Whispering Palms Apartments complex, 601 16th Ave. SE.

Acclording to reports from police and neighbors, Prince had previously confronted the women, who lived above him. Prince told police the women were purposely making noise and had threatened him.

Arica Ronet, who said she's known Prince for 30 years, told the Tampa Bay Times last week that her friend is a Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. He had been struggling with his upstairs neighbors for at least a month, Ronet said.

Relatives of Williams and Johnson could not immediately be reached for comment.