Radrick Deshay François killed the child’s mother: sheriff

Radrick Deshay François (Office of the Orange County Sheriff)

A 20-year-old Florida man has been arrested for allegedly murdering his young daughter’s mother and grandmother while he and the mother were in the midst of a tumultuous custody battle.

Radrick Deshay Francois was taken into custody on Friday afternoon and charged with two counts of first-degree murder with a firearm in the fatal shooting of Tanga Owens, 20, and Tanishia Starr, 39, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Francis – who had previously threatened to kill Owens – shot her and her mother when the women were in a car parked outside an apartment complex in London Crest Drive. There were also two young children in the car at the time, including Francois and Owens’ 2-year-old daughter, per OCSO. None of the children were injured.

A probable cause affidavit obtained by Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG-TV provided additional details about the double murder.

According to the report, deputies responded to 911 calls around 11:30 a.m. on April 14 about a shooting in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Upon arriving at the scene, first responders found two female victims – later identified as Owens and Starr – inside a Kia sedan apparently suffering from gunshot wounds. Both women were taken to a local hospital where they were both pronounced dead.

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