ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police said a man arrested in Seminole County Tuesday killed his live-in girlfriend Tiffany Linquanti, who was shot last month in Lake Nona and remained in a coma until she died eight days later.
Police said Justin Pruitt, 28, is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting his 26-year-old girlfriend in Lake Nona in July. Linquanti was shot inside the Colonial Grand at Randal Lakes apartment she shared with Pruitt on Randal Park Boulevard, according to police.
Pruitt called 911 at 12:17 a.m. and told dispatchers his girlfriend had shot herself, but when dispatchers attempted to get more information he hung up, according to the arrest warrant.
Tiffany's mother, Lilia Linquanti, said she never believed her daughter was trying to kill herself.
"I knew, the police and everybody else knew better," she said, adding they had plans to go to the beach the next day and Tiffany was looking forward to graduating from Valencia College in August.
Pruitt, who described his relationship with the victim as good, told detectives that on the night Linquanti was shot he has no memory of the evening after they had dinner together. The next thing he remembers is calling 911, according to the warrant.