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Police: Mother was murdered in her sleep

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago January 02, 2014 Jan 2, 2014 Thursday, January 02 2014 January 02, 2014 3:36 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

WALKER - Investigators in Livingston Parish believe 34-year-old Tamila Wooley was asleep when they said she was shot and killed by her 17-year-old son, Eddie Island.

Police said Island then left his mother in the house for two days before her body was discovered by an acquaintance.

Investigators said Island shot and killed his mother sometime on Sunday, and that it was connected to a prior argument. The teen then continued to come and go from the house as he looked after his 11-year-old brother and 2-year-old sister.

"I'm devastated," Chamicka Pollock, Wooley's best friend said. "You don't expect to wake up and lose someone at the start of the year and in such a tragic manner. I don't know how I'm going to recover from this, I love her dearly."

Investigators said Wooley was shot multiple times in the chest while in her bed. An autopsy is pending.  Island was arrested overnight driving her car near the murder scene. He was a student at Walker High School, and the family was new to the area.

"One of the children in the home, the 11-year-old, is autistic," said Captain John Sharp with the Walker Police Department. "They were able to speak with that child, reassure the child and get some important information."

Wooley's other two children are in protective custody.

"The world has lost a beautiful soul," Pollock said. "As I start this new year, I can't imagine going on without her, but she will always be in my heart and always be my best friend."

Island is being held without bond. He will be tried as an adult and is charged with second degree murder.

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