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Police Say Michigan Girl Shot And Killed By A Family Friend

Police in a Detroit suburb say Emma Watson Nowling was fatally shot after her soccer practice on Thursday.

By Melissa Prax | December 5, 2015

A 7-year-old girl was shot and killed Thursday night in a Detroit suburb after her soccer practice. Her mother is in the hospital and remains in critical condition.

The shooter was a close friend of the family. Police in Taylor, Michigan, say after the man shot Emma Watson Nowling and Sharon Elizabeth Watson, he shot himself with a legally registered firearm.

Police say Timothy Nelson Obeshaw had no previous official diagnosis of mental illness, but there may have been some signs.

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"We found evidence that Obeshaw believed that someone was trying to control him through mind control," said Mary Sclabassi, Taylor police chief.

"She spoke a couple of words today," said Pam Watson, Sharon's mother. "She does know that Emma is in heaven. She said, 'I can't talk about it right now, Mom. I know my baby is gone.'"

Obeshaw had been living in an apartment behind the family's home, but moved out a few months ago and regularly watched Emma's soccer games and practices. (Video via WXYZ)

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