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Florida Woman Killed After Intervening in Teen Brothers' Argument Over Number of Christmas Presents They Were Getting: Sheriff

Florida Teens Argue Over Christmas Presents, Older Sister Killed: Cops
Source: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Damarcus Coley (left) and Darcus Coley (right) allegedly got into a fight over Christmas presents which ended in murder, officials said.

Dec. 28 2023, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A 23-year-old woman in Florida was shot and killed when she tried to intervene in a Christmas Eve dispute between her two teen brothers about how many gifts they each were getting, according to authorities.

On Dec. 24, Damarcus Coley, 14, was shopping with his sister Abrielle Baldwin, her children, his mother and his 15-year-old brother Darcus Coley, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

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While shopping, Damarcus and Darcus reportedly got into an argument about who was getting more Christmas presents, officials said.

“They were having this big thing going on in this store," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

The family then headed to their grandmother’s house in Largo, where the boys reportedly continued to argue.

While inside the home, Damarcus is accused of pulling out a semiautomatic handgun, pointing it at his brother and telling him he was going to shoot him in the head.

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Darcus allegedly told his brother he didn’t want to fight and told him to get out of the house, officials said.

An uncle reportedly separated the teens and got Damarcus outside, where Baldwin was with her 11-month-old baby.

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According to Sheriff Gualtieri, Baldwin told her brother, “You all need to leave that stuff alone."

Damarcus responded to his sister with several derogatory words, told her he was going to shoot her and her baby and then fired at Baldwin, hitting her in the chest, authorities said.

The baby was uninjured.

Darcus then exited the house and allegedly shot Damarcus in the stomach, according to police.

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Baldwin was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead from her injury.

Damarcus was also transported to a local hospital and underwent surgery. He is now in stable condition, officials said.

He is expected to be charged with first-degree murder once released.

Darcus was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting his brother, according to police.

"These young kids — 14, 15 years old — routinely carry firearms and this is what happens when you got young delinquents that carry guns," Sheriff Gualtieri said about the incident. "They get upset, they don't know how to handle stuff, and they end up shooting each other."

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