A 10-year-old Florida girl was supposed to have a peaceful first day of virtual learning this week that was stolen by tragedy. 

According to WPTV, the 10-year-old daughter of 32-year-old Maribel Rosado Morales witnessed her mother’s murder while live on Zoom in class. The child has down syndrome. Reports say the girl’s five other siblings saw their mother’s shooting as well. The children ranged from 10-17.

According to Martin County Sheriff's Department Maribel’s ex-boyfriend, Donald Williams, 27, is facing first degree murder charges for the killing that took place Monday in Indiantown, Florida.

Forced to educate via virtual learning brings teachers into the homes of their students.   Nothing could have prepared this child's teacher for what was about to happen in the middle of teaching class.  The teacher told Sheriff Snyder what happened...

I did hear some high tone conversation, noticed some kind of confrontation, muted it, and then watched the [child] put her hands up to her ears,”

Morales' fiancé said he was on the phone with her when the shooting happened, and he could hear the children yelling that their mother had been shot.

“I was on the phone with her. I said, baby, call the police,” Morales’ fiancé said. “Why? She didn’t do nothing. Why? She didn’t deserve it. I wasn’t there to save her. I wasn’t there.”

The fiancé said that after Morales was hit, she barricaded herself inside a closet for her safety and so her children wouldn't see.

Williams was taken into custody not long after the shooting while trying to board a public transportation bus.

As our teachers and students begin their new normal this school year, we pray nothing like this occurs again. Sadly, this is another terrible example of a woman’s life cut short by someone they’re currently or previously involved with.