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Family Destroyed In Murder Suicide

The lone survivor of a Florida shooting spoke from her hospital bed about losing her family.

First Coast News reports Megan Hiatt, 22, lost her father, Travis James Hiatt, and her five-month-old twins, Hayden Rose and Kayden Reese Hiatt, on Nov. 13 when her boyfriend, 28-year-old Gawain Rushane Wilson, shot them.

Wilson shot and killed himself after the rampage.

Hiatt was rushed to the hospital where she is still recovering. 

Melissa Bateh, her mother, spoke at her daughter's request.

"He [God] gave Megan the strength to drag her body across the room. She had to crawl through her babies' blood, then through the shooter's blood, and to her dad to hear his last words. He wanted her to tell her brother that he was the best son ever and he loved him. That was God's hand," Bateh said.

Bateh believes her daughter was shot five times. She was also forced to hold her children in her arms while Wilson shot and killed them.

"He wanted to destroy her world. He wanted her to watch it be destroyed," she recalled.

"'Mama, he killed them. He killed them in my arms. He made me hold them when he killed them. He made me watch.' I knew, I didn't ... I couldn't imagine someone doing that, holding your own children while someone kills them."

Questions regarding Wilson's motives behind the incident remain unanswered, but Bateh hesitates to condemn Wilson.

"None of us knows. No one knows that. And this goes negative, but on some level, he was a victim," Bateh said.

"I wish he felt there were other options, but I can't hate him. I can't. I know a mother lost a son, and she loved him. Only son and she loved him."

Before the incident, Bateh was concerned with her daughter's relationship when Wilson would reportedly grab her and break things in their home if he lost things.

He even allegedly would not let her use a car he bought for her unless she asked for permission, and would call her fat after she gave birth to the twins.

Hiatt told her mother she stayed with Wilson in order to have a family for her children.

"She felt like her girls deserved a family, and too many people give up," Bateh said.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, domestic victimization has show correlation with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.

Sources: First Coast News, Bureau of Justice Statistics / Photo Credit: Video Screenshot

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