News of a “double murder suicide” in Florida has made the rounds on social media, not necessarily because of the grisly nature of the crime but for the way it has been reported.
Law & Crime, a respected media outlet that shares information about various criminal cases around the country, described the incident in Florida using the phrase “pregnant boyfriend.”
“Man allegedly shot and killed his pregnant boyfriend and then himself in murder-suicide,” read the headline from Law & Crime.
The tragic details of the incident are shocking.
On Friday evening, 26-year-old Riley John Groover shot and killed 21-year-old Camdyn Rider, who identified as a transgender man, and was eight months pregnant at the time. Groover then reportedly took his own life.
Despite heroic efforts by first responders and medical teams at a nearby hospital, Rider’s unborn child could not be saved.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, this incident is believed to be a domestic-related double murder suicide.
Though deputies did not release the names of the deceased, Groover’s mother reported their names and gave some background information about the couple. Groover’s mother, who did not wish to give her name, claimed that Rider and her son were engaged and lived with her in Winter Haven, Florida, east of Lakeland.
She said Groover and Rider loved each other “very much” but that their relationship occasionally became “volatile,” WTSP reported, especially when arguing over household chores.
Groover’s mother suspects that yet another argument about housework may have led to the deadly violence on Friday night.
Reports indicate that Groover had a history of violence but no reports of domestic abuse between him and Rider were reported to law enforcement until now.
On June 19th, photos from a gender reveal party for Oliver John Lee – the couple’s unborn baby – were shared on social media with exclamations of joy from Rider: “ITS A BOYYY!”
She and Groover intended to name the baby Oliver John Lee.
“It’s crazy to imagine that I’m now gonna be a father, especially to a little boy,” Rider said. “But man I’m so excited and couldn’t be happier, I couldn’t be happier to be doing it with you Riley Groover. Thank you for loving me, and thank you for this baby boy!! Oliver John Lee will be loved by many! I can’t wait for this journey with you my love[.] And I can’t wait to meet our oli bear.”