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Police arrest man accused of shooting, killing mother on Easter Sunday

Officers say the shooting happened near Wildwood Park in St. Petersburg.
Credit: St. Petersburg Police Department
Tyron Byron Jackasal

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 21-year-old man faces a second-degree murder charge for an Easter Sunday shooting that killed a mother of two children.

The St. Petersburg Police Department says Tyron Jackasal, already in the Pinellas County jail on unrelated charges, is accused of killing 35-year-old Emily Grot on April 4.

She was sitting inside a car near Wildwood Park when officers say Jackasal fired gunshots in the parking lot.

It's believed Grot wasn't targeted.

Jackasal previously had been charged with the shooting death of K'Mia Simmons, a young mother of two children as she sat in the car with them.

The previous story is below.


A St. Petersburg mother of two was killed in a shooting on Easter Sunday.

Emily Renee Grot, 35, was shot along with a 17-year-old girl and a man near Wildwood Park, police say. The shots rang out around 10:50 p.m. in the area of 13th Avenue South and 26th Street South.

The man was seriously hurt but is expected to survive. The teen's injuries were minor. They were taken to area hospitals.

Detectives are working to determine who is responsible. They are asking anyone with information to call the St. Pete Police Department at 727-893-7780.