Temeco Williams and her 15-year-old daughter, Jada Allen, were murdered inside the bedroom of their home in North Lauderdale, Florida, more than five years ago, and the person responsible for their deaths has yet to be brought to justice.
At around 5:20 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2017, law enforcement officers with the Broward Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a home in the 6800 block of Doral after receiving a 911 call about a shooting.
When officers arrived at that location, they uncovered two small children inside the home—they were uninjured.
Their 48-year-old mother and sister had been shot.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that Jada, a student at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Emergency first responders transported Williams, a mother of five, to Broward Health North, where she succumbed to her injuries shortly upon arrival.
Police learned through an investigation that while Williams and her daughter were asleep in the same bed, an unknown gunman shot them multiple times.
When Williams’ other two children heard the shots and heard their mother scream, “Help me, I got shot,” they locked the door and called 911 for help, according to NBC Miami.
“Based on our investigative findings so far, we don’t believe this is a random act,” Homicide Detective Zachary Scott stated. “This was someone personal who knew one, if not both, of our victims and probably acted from some form of emotion – extreme emotion, whether it’s anger or jealousy.”
“Because of that extreme emotion, we believe that they’re probably still very emotional. They probably said something to somebody, maybe not admitting exactly what they did, but statements that have caught someone’s attention.”
A relative told the media that they believe the killer may be “someone they know. It’s someone very close to them—someone just very close to us. So at that point, that leaves everybody a suspect. You don’t really know who you can even talk to.”
Jada was described by relatives as a “social butterfly” who “had the prettiest smile, and she can just be goofy and just make you laugh. She was that typical teenager.”
Her mother was known as a “reserved person,” whose life revolved around her children. When she wasn’t at work, she was at home with her children.
Anyone with information regarding the murders of Temeco Williams and Jada Allen is encouraged to contact either the Broward Sheriff’s Office at (954) 321-4214, Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477, or visit www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $6,000 for more information.