LAKELAND, Fla. — The family of the four people shot and killed inside a Lakeland home are still trying to grasp what happened.
Justice Gleason was one of the victims murdered during a random attack Sunday morning.
“He was an amazing father. He would do anything in the world for his kids,” said Miranda Watson.
Watson is the mother of Gleason’s youngest daughter. She is now left figuring out how she will explain to their 4-year-old Olivia, that her father is no longer here, hoping pictures will keep his memory alive.
“I’m going to miss his free spirit. He was always smiling, always happy, and you couldn’t have a bad attitude around him,” Watson said.
Gleason’s girlfriend, three-month-old son and the baby’s grandmother were also murdered. Deputies said a former decorated war veteran randomly broke into their home and opened fire.
“It blows my mind that somebody could do that to somebody. That baby didn’t deserve that. Theresa and Justice didn’t deserve it. They were just amazing people,” said Watson.
Gleason’s 11-year-old daughter was shot at least seven times but survived. Detectives said the 11-year-old victim told them she played dead. She’s stable after undergoing multiple surgeries.
Though it won't bring them back, Watson wants to see justice for the family and father of her child taken too soon.
“I just really hope he spends the rest of his life in prison,” she said.