Police say Michigan girl shot and killed by a family friend

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Police Say Michigan Girl Shot and Killed by a Family Friend

A 7-year-old girl was shot and killed Thursday night and her mother remains in critical condition after a shooting following the girl's soccer practice.

The shooter was reportedly 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.

Chief of Police Mary Sclabassi said "We found evidence that Obeshaw believed that someone was trying to control him through mind control."

Pam Watson, Sharon's mother told WXYZ "She spoke a couple of words today. 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.

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