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Poinciana shooting tells tale of harassment

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:08 am

By Ken Jackson

Staff Writer

The double shooting that occurred last week in Poinciana has left a 15-month-old boy without his biological parents and two families without their adult children. One of those was preparing to graduate high school near the top of her class and start college life. It’s a cautionary tale of stalking and teen dating violence gone horribly wrong.

Larissa Barros, 18, was found shot to death in her Blackpool Way home last Thursday after she called to report “someone she knew was trying to break into the home.”

Between that call and the discovery of her body, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies encountered Kai Williams, who matched the caller’s description of the attacker, about two blocks away on Berkshire Road. When deputies made contact with Williams, he showed a gun, and when they took defensive position, reports say Williams shot himself.

The two, parents to a toddler boy, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have yet to file ballistics reports that confirm Williams shot Barros, but they were not seeking any other suspects.

Barros’ Liberty High friends held a candlelight vigil to honor her Friday.

The tale goes back into 2016 as Barros broke up with Williams, who continued to strongly pursue her, court records show. His strong advances led to his September arrest for felony aggravated stalking.

Barros and her family twice applied for injunction protection against Williams, once in August 2016, when she was still a minor, and again in January after she turned 18.

He repeatedly ignored those orders.

“I am in fear for my daughter’s safety most heavily due to the recent statements Kai has posted on his Twitter account,” her mother Delfina Monteiro wrote to the courts in August. “Kai has threatened to shoot my daughter as well as have someone physically harm her for pay … Kai has acted as a bully and is upset that my daughter is not in a relationship with him.”

After Williams called Barros again, from a different number, he was arrested again on Dec. 27, 2016, for violating the protection order, a misdemeanor. Williams was scheduled for a May 25 hearing on that charge. Two weeks later, the State Attorney’s Office chose not to prosecute the felony charge for lack of evidence.

In a statement that led to that second arrest, Barros noted all of her car’s tires were slashed in the Liberty High parking lot on Sept. 2 and then set on fire two nights later while still immobile. She stated in the report witnesses said Williams was at the scene both times. She also detailed visits he made to her house in August.

“For almost two years my life has been made miserable by Kai Williams,” she wrote the court. “I feel very unsafe … I am afraid he will hurt me or my child if he gets the opportunity … I need to feel protected and safe.”

Barros had been accepted to Florida State University, but Williams begged her not to go; in a court filing he urged her to attend the University of Central Florida in order to keep their son in town.

“I will get almost no chance to see him in Tallahassee,” he wrote to the courts.

A February hearing established Williams as the father of their son, that he owed $2,700 in child support and established a payment plan of $59 per week. He had semi-monthly supervised visits with the boy through the county’s Children’s Visitation Center, a request from Barros due to her concern for her son’s safety if left alone with Williams.

Anyone who thinks, feels or experiences the threat of domestic violence can use these resources:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233);

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE;

Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-500-1119.

Locally, Help Now of Osceola (24-hour crisis hotline: 407-847-8562) list “red flags” signs of an abusive relationship and information on teen dating violence at www.helpnowshelter.org.