Decades long fight over a man leads to woman being killed by childhood friend, police say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Eatonville police said a local mother was murdered in the middle of the day right before Mother’s Day, and her killer is still at large.

Police said Felisha Johnson was stabbed to death May 8, and her daughter called the deadly attack senseless.

The incident happened inside of a motel parking lot after an argument over a man that happened more than 20 years ago, police said.

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“I don’t know who I am without a mom. I’ve never been in this world without having a mom,” said the victim’s daughter Jessica Johnson.

Felisha Johnson worked and lived at the Hometown Suites in Eatonville.

Police said she was in the parking lot in front of her hotel room at around 1:30 p.m. when Barbara Hartfield showed up with a knife and stabbed Johnson at least three times.

Investigators said there were several witnesses who tried to stop the fight.

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Johnson was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died.

Police said this all stemmed from an argument that started decades ago.

“They both was involved with this guy 25 years ago,” said Anyssa Johnson, the victim’s sister.

Anyssa Johnson said she, her sister and Hartfield were childhood friends.

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Family members said Felisha Johnson had seen Hartfield just a few months ago.

Investigators said Hartfield was driving an older model silver Honda with tape on the passenger’s side.

Hartfield is wanted for premeditated first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

There are several agencies searching for her, and a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to her arrest.

Karen Parks, WFTV.com

Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.