A Florida son watched his father brutally murder his mother and sister in the name of Islam, shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he ended their lives.
In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office gave this account of what happened:
The first of two bizzare 911 calls came about 11:43 p.m.
A female caller pleaded for help, saying she had been shot, and a male is overheard in the background yelling, “Allah Akbar,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
At one point, the female caller seems to say, “I’m so sorry Ronnie,” as she screams loudly. A male can be heard saying, “She killed me,” and, “Don’t come outside, call 911 now,” according to the news release.
In a second call, about 11:51 p.m., a male caller says, “I’ve just been attacked by some white demons.” He then says, “Her name is Ke-Ke and she tried to kill me and I just killed her.”
The caller provided an address, 13248 Pike Lake Dr., and then the line went dead. The number was later confirmed as belonging to Oneal.
Here is the scene in the Royal Lakes community off Big Bend Road. Evidence markers dot the ground in front of the home that deputies found on fire. pic.twitter.com/w4gt8LxFVA
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Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene about 11:49 p.m. to find Barron in the front yard of a house next door, at 13246 Pike Lake Dr. Deputies and a crew from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue were helping her when they noticed what appeared to be a fire starting in the home at 13248 Pike Lake Dr.
Deputies forced their way into the home just as the automatic garage door opened and Ronnie Oneal walked out toward them.
Deputies ordered him to stop and get on the ground a number of times but he ignored them, so they fired their electronic weapons, incapacitating him, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Oneal was placed in the back of a deputy’s vehicle and began repeating, “Allah Akbar,” deputies said. The Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” means “God is greatest.”
As firefighters entered the house, a boy later identified as Ronnie Oneal IV, apparently suffering from burns and stab wounds, walked out, saying, “My father shot my mother.”
Deputies would find that Oneal, 29, had also fatally stabbed the couple’s daughter, seriously injured their 8-year-old son and set their home on fire, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Both Barron and her daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner’s Office later determined the woman and girl were victims of a homicide.
Ronnie Oneal IV had been stabbed in the torso and neck and was listed in stable condition, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Oneal’s clothing was covered with what appeared to be blood, the Sheriff’s Office said. He also had signs of burns, including a severe burn to his left forearm, and smelled of gasoline or another flammable material, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Oneal was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, arson and resisting arrest.
Oneal has been arrested three times before in Florida on charges of obtaining food or lodging with intent to defraud, marijuana possession and driving without a valid license, state records show. He was last arrested in Hillsborough County in 2009.
The couple were not married, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
The Times Bay Times was unable to reach any of their relatives Monday.
Oneal was described by neighbors as a devout Muslim who played with his kids and never gave any indication he was capable of violence. He worked odd jobs and had a passion for hip hop music, setting up a makeshift recording studio in the garage.
One neighbor, Walter Ballard spoke up saying, “There’s nothing bad to say about him, he was a good guy.”
Ballard said Oneal did talk about troubles, in a general way.
“He always told me had demons,” Ballard said, “but I never thought it was like that. I don’t know what would make him do anything to his kids.”
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