In a heartbreaking incident, a Florida man, identified as Riley John Groover, 26, of Winter Haven, allegedly fatally shot his transgender partner, Camdyn Rider, 21, who was eight months pregnant. The tragic event unfolded in front of multiple witnesses outside their home in the Inwood area of Winter Haven.
According to reports, at approximately 7 p.m. on July 21, Groover gunned down Rider, and despite efforts by first responders and medical staff, the unborn baby could not be saved. The incident is being considered a “murder-suicide” by the authorities and is believed to be a domestic-related double murder-suicide.
The couple was engaged and looking forward to welcoming a baby boy. Rider expressed excitement about becoming a parent and marrying Groover through heartfelt posts on his Facebook account, where he identified as a man. He revealed plans to name the baby Oliver John Lee.
Family members revealed that the couple had experienced arguments in the past, and some had turned physical, though none of these incidents were reported to law enforcement. Groover’s mother mentioned that while they loved each other deeply, their relationship could be volatile, and they occasionally engaged in heated arguments, particularly over household chores.
Groover had a history of arrests for aggravated assault and domestic violence, unrelated to Rider. The incident has left the community devastated, and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd urged people to keep the family in their prayers.
This tragic event serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing domestic violence and promoting healthy relationships in all communities. It highlights the need for greater support and resources for individuals facing relationship challenges, and the importance of reporting abusive behavior to authorities to prevent further tragedies. As the community mourns the loss of two lives and an unborn child, there is an opportunity for reflection and renewed efforts to foster a safer and more compassionate society for everyone.