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Family asks 'why' after 25-year-old woman found slain in Deltona home

Deputies say Monquavia F. Hamilton was shot to death

DELTONA, Fla. – A woman was found shot to death Monday inside a Deltona home, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies on Tuesday identified the woman as Monquavia F. Hamilton, 25.

Hamilton’s family said she studied phlebotomy at ITT Tech and worked at a nursing home in Deltona.

The fatal shooting was reported around 5 p.m. when an electrician came to the house on Dearing Avenue and found the door ajar, said Andrew Gant, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

The electrician yelled inside several times, but no one answered. When the electrician entered the home, he found the 25-year-old's body, Gant said.

"I know you’re not supposed to ask God why? You’re not supposed to ask why this happened, but why?" the victim's grandmother, Janice Ashford, said.

Ashford said Hamilton was her oldest granddaughter. She said she doesn't know who would have done this or why and she wants the person responsible to pay.

Deputies and the victim's family believe Hamilton may have known her shooter.

"You mess with my family, you mess with wrong the family, but you’re going to get caught," she said.

Ashford said she knows God knows what he's doing.

"He know what he wants to do. He takes the best. And he took the best, let me tell you, he took the best," said Ashford of her granddaughter.

Investigators are looking for someone in connection with Hamilton's death, but didn’t release any details about that person.

“The investigation so far indicates the victim was targeted in an isolated incident,” deputies said in a news release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS (8477), or through the organization's website. Crime Stoppers also has an app for reporting tips.

Additionally, the Sheriff's Office can be reached at 386-248-1777. Information leading to the arrest and conviction might be worth a $10,000 reward, deputies said.


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