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Sarasota man charged with murder in death of Moriah Hope Goode, 18

Devon Lee Freeman, 21, was arrested Wednesday evening in Sarasota.
Devon Lee Freeman, 21, was arrested Wednesday evening in Sarasota.

Detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested a Sarasota man on a charge of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Bradenton woman.

Devon Lee Freeman, 21, of Sarasota, has been charged with Sunday’s deadly shooting of Moriah Hope Goode, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office announced late Wednesday evening. Earlier in the day, authorities announced a warrant had been issued for Freeman’s arrest.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow was unable to reveal Wednesday whether or not Freeman had any connection to Moriah. Freeman was apprehended in Sarasota, Bristow said.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office responded to the area of the 3300 block of Fourth Street East in the West Samoset area at about 4:35 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a possible shooting. While they were responding to the scene, the deputies learned from the Bradenton Police Department that Goode had arrived at the Manatee Memorial Hospital and was driven there in her vehicle by a potential witness.

The aspiring emergency medical technician died at the hospital shortly afterward.

Goode’s mother, Janet Leigh Goode, said on Wednesday that she was excited “there will be justice for Moriah.” She said that Moriah Goode, whose birth parents were born in Haiti, was adopted by Goode and her husband at just a day old and would later in life overcome battles against lupus, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

“But I still plead with him to turn himself in, and I want him to know that I truly do forgive him,” Goode said of the man charged in her daughter’s death. “Nothing can bring Moriah back but to have his salvation would be all worth it.”

Moriah Goode’s tearful mother told the Bradenton Herald on Monday that she forgave the shooter.

Amaris Castillo: 941-745-7051, @AmarisCastillo

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