Deadly Shooting Raises Questions Among Archer Community
Published March 28th, 2014
ARCHER - A deadly shooting in archer, is raising questions among the community. Was this an act of self-defense or murder?
64-year-old Joseph McGuire's house is at this corner on Southwest 159th Terrace and 133rd Lane. A home, neighbors tell me 26-year-old Latreese Monroe was very acquainted with. "I've seen her go there too many times, too many times, all the time at night," Mike Nattiel a family friend said. This is where McGuire shot Monroe in the chest Wednesday morning; she died while being treated at UF health.
"She's like a daughter to me," Nattiel added. Nattiel who’s known the family for a long time says Monroe was an outgoing young woman. "And her and my kids grew up together, so she's like a kid to me. One of my childs. It's kind of hard like I said and she's always been the same sweet little girl all the time," Nattiel added.
As of now, McGuire is not being charged for the crime. The Sheriff's Office is waiting on toxicology reports for more answers, as there were suspicions about drug use. The investigation has not been completed however the State Attorney’s Office is also looking into this case.
Art Forgey with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office says, once the investigation is complete charges can be brought up. We continue to work on this investigation; it's by no means closed. It's a very complicated investigation so we have actually met with the State Attorney's Office on a daily basis with this investigation," Forgey said.
According to police reports, this door was locked shot until Monroe kicked it open. However neighbors say that's hard to believe knowing she was a petite woman of under 100 pounds.
Lewis Nelson a reverend at Greater Prayer Temple Church of God in Bronson said, "I was told yesterday that his son kicked the door open and Treese was with him.... Treese only weighs about 98 pounds wet.” Reverend Nelson who's known Monroe all her life believes more people were involved.
We visited the home of the Monroe family however they were too distraught to talk. Her mother Annie Monroe, did tell me off camera that her daughter had been physically abused by McGuire in the past.
"But I don't feel safe for a lot of other people. And I don't think that should have happened under no circumstances," Reverend Nelson said.
Loved ones left behind a candle at McGuire’s house in Monroe's memory. In the meantime family and friends tell me they can only hope for justice.
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