JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Friends and family identified the 22-year-old woman who was shot dead inside the Jacksonville Amazon Fulfillment Center as Ebony Nicholas.
On Wednesday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Disean Biffle and charged him with second degree murder. A former classmate, who asked not to be identified, told News4Jax that Nicholas and Biffle worked at the warehouse and had been dating since high school.
According to News4Jax’s tally, Nicholas’ death marks Jacksonville’s 12th home murder in 2020.
The former classmate said Biffle wasn’t at work on Tuesday, the same day the shooting took place. On that day, Biffle posted an Instagram post with the caption: “Death has no exceptions.”
On Nicholas’ Instagram page, his latest post was flooded with comments, many read “RIP”.
“Ebony was really sweet. She was the kind of person who if you’re going through something and talk to her, she’ll make you forget what you’re going through. And she had this energy on herself, “the classmate said.
If you go back to Nicholas’ Instagram page, he tagged Biffle in a Father’s Day post, pictured with his son.
The former classmate says Nicholas posted on her Instagram story Tuesday saying she was “single” and “tired”. This was only a few days after he last spoke to Nicholas.
“He told me he had problems with him,” she said. “I wish I could do something to help you.”
Sheriff Mike Williams said in Jacksonville so far this year, there has been a 7.3% increase in overall domestic violence, which includes all relationships, and a 5.3% increase in partner violence.
In April, not long after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the sheriff reported a 20% increase in domestic violence at the time, when far more people were urged to stay and work from home.
News4Jax asked Amazon for comment on the security measures in place in the warehouse. A response was not immediately returned.
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The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). If it’s not safe for you to call, or if you’re not comfortable doing so, another option to get direct help is to use the live chat service on the National Domestic Violence website. his website. The chat is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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