‘A kind & beautiful soul’: Girl, 9, killed in Pine Hills shooting remembered for ‘infectious smile’

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A neighbor of the 9-year-old girl killed in Wednesday’s mass shooting said it’s a difficult time for the whole neighborhood.


Five people were shot, and three of them are dead including 38-year-old Nathacha Augustin, News 13 reporter Dylan Lyons and 9-year-old T’Yonna Major, who attended Pine Hills Elementary School.

School principal Latonya Smothers shared a message about Majors with families, calling her “a kind and beautiful young girl with an infectious smile.”

“She will be missed dearly,” Smothers said in her message.

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Grief counselors will be at Pine Hills Elementary School.

Resident Ryan Godfrey spoke with Channel 9 on Wednesday about Augustin, just before the suspect, Keith Moses, went on a second shooting spree.

He said he is furious that a news crew trying to help his neighborhood was caught in the crossfire.

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“He had his whole career ahead of him,” Godfrey said of Lyons. “He had his whole life ahead of him. He was too young.”

Sanders and Godfrey said they are now focused on fighting to keep the suspect behind bars.

The two other victims, 13 News photographer Jesse Walden and Major’s mother, remain in the hospital.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.