Howell Emanuel Donaldson III: What we know about the suspected Seminole Heights killer

Posted at 9:36 AM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 11:52:41-05

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Police have arrested a 24-year-old man suspected of killing four people in the Seminole Heights neighbor of Tampa over the past six weeks.

Timeline of events that lead to arrest of Howell Emanuel Donaldson III

Arrest documents reveal key evidence against suspected Seminole Heights killer

So who is Howell Emanuel Donaldson III? Here's what we know so far:

Name: Howell Emanuel Donaldson III

Nickname: Trai

Age: 24

Date of birth: 01/26/1993

Current address: 8321 Millwood Drive, Tampa, Florida 33615

Place of birth: Charlotte, North Carolina

Parents: Howell Donaldson Jr. and Rosita Donaldson

Education: Graduated from Alonso High School. Attended St. John's University in Queens, New York beginning in the fall of 2011 and graduated in January 2017. Donaldson received a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management.

Collegiate Sports: Donaldson was a walk-on student-athlete for the St. John's University Men's Basketball Team during the 2011-2012 but never played in a game, according to Brian Browne, Executive Director of University Relations at St. John's University.

Employment History: Donaldson was employed at Ultimate Medical Academy in a customer support role from February 13 to May 2, 2017. Ultimate Medical Academy released the following statement regarding Donaldson's employment: 

Ultimate Medical Academy recently learned of the arrest of Howell Donaldson III. He was employed at UMA from February 13 to May 2, 2017 working in a customer support role. He was terminated for absenteeism. Per UMA hiring policy, Donaldson passed a background check prior to employment.

UMA has reached out to the Tampa Police Department to offer our assistance.

Like everyone in Tampa Bay, we are relieved to learn there has been an arrest in this case and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of the victims.


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