Detectives have launched a murder investigation on a 59-year-old woman, Caroline Morton-Hicks after being shot in the street on Monday night, February 12.
Caroline Morton-Hicks was seen arguing with an unidentifiable person in the parking lot between Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center and Pinellas Park City Hall after departing from her music rehearsal. According to the Bristol Post, investigators believed that the victim was running from her perpetrators when she was shot in the streets.
The perpetrator is yet to be found, but the investigators are putting pieces of background information in Mrs. Morton-Hicks life, who may have had a motive in her death. However, investigators are not ruling out the possibility that she may just be a random target.
Caroline Morton-Hicks’ friends, family, and fellow band members have paid their tribute on social media stating, “I’m so sorry for the family’s loss, I’ve been a tenant of Mrs. Hicks for over eight years, she was more than my landlord, she was a friend. This breaks my heart. Truly my heart and prayers go out to the family.” Says, Nina Ross Serrmon.
New Horizon, which is the band she plays and performs with, left a single rose in her seat during their rehearsal in her honor.
Caroline Morton-Hicks was a Florida native, a mother of three, a wife to her late husband Brian, a former student of Worle Community School, a trombone player for the New Horizon’s band at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, and a landlord for several rental properties