Marion County woman fatally shot leaves behind a daughter

Sonja Stahl, 23, was shot and killed early Sunday in southeast Ocala.

BELLEVIEW — Katie Stahl stood weeping in her front yard on Tuesday, mourning her 23-year-old daughter, Sonja Chantilly Jean Stahl, who was shot and killed early Sunday.

The young woman, who was named after her grandmother, was a hard worker and good mother, family said. 

“She had a good heart. She loved her daughter,” Katie Stahl said. The child is 3-year-old Ariana Rose.

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What happened on Sunday

Sonja Stahl was with her friend, Alexa Ty Newton, early Sunday. Newton drove to her ex-boyfriend’s home, located in the 2600 block of Southeast 56th Street, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. 

A domestic disturbance ensued. The ex-boyfriend, Timothy Eugene Mack, is accused of shooting at the car. He said he was acting in self defense, hoping to hit the engine so the vehicle would not him him. A bullet struck Stahl, who was seated in the vehicle’s front passenger seat.

“I know she’s in God’s hands,” Katie Stahl said.

Through her tears, Stahl said she doesn’t hold a grudge against Mack or Newton.

“I forgive them. I know he didn’t do it on purpose. I wish no harm, but there’s still no justice. I won’t forget and I hope she (Newton) learns from this,” Stahl said.

Sonja Stahl was born in Tennessee

Stahl said her daughter was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and grew up in Pennsylvania and later Florida. She attended schools in Pennsylvania and Florida and received her diploma in south Florida.

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