Monday, August 8, 2022

The Murder of Tyvon Whitford

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Tyvon Whitford was only 25 years-old when she was shot to death on June 9th, 2007. The young woman was killed inside her Hawthorne, Florida residence, where she lived with her 5 year-old son. Tyvon was also six months pregnant at the time of her death. According to her family members, Tyvon loved being a mother and was looking forward to having a second child. Unfortunately, her life was cut short before she had the chance.

Tyvon had only lived in her Hawthorne residence for about a month before the murder. The home was located less than a mile away from her parent's home. Dale and Ronald Whitford heard the sirens from the police and ambulance on the evening of their daughter's death. Moments later, Tyvon's boyfriend was frantically knocking on the Whitford's door. He said that something terrible had happened to Tyvon. Dale and Ronald then rushed over to Tyvon's residence, where they learned their daughter had been shot. Tyvon was transferred to a nearby hospital, where both she and her unborn child passed away. 

While investigating the murder, it was revealed that Tyvon had called 911 just minutes before she was found deceased. However, the dispatcher was unable to gather any pertinent information before the called as disconnected. A few minutes later, another 911 call through. This time, it was from Tyvon's boyfriend. He told dispatchers that he found Tyvon covered in blood. First responders rushed to the scene and found Tyvon suffering from gunshot wounds. 

Tyvon's boyfriend was inevitably looked into as a possible suspect. He told police that he was going to Tyvon's house that evening to bring her Tylenol. Detectives were reportedly "unable to put him or anybody else at the house at the time of the shooting." The only other person in the house at the time of the murder was Tyvon's 5-year-old son, who was awoken by the gunfire. The young boy witnessed the horrifying sight of his mother struggling to stay alive. Police were otherwise unable to find any signs of forced entry inside the home.

No suspects or persons of interest have ever been publicly named in the case. Very few other details about the investigation have been revealed. Tyvon's loved ones have vowed to never give up on finding justice for her, and they continue to search for her killer today. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0801.

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