Still, the next day neighbors stare out their doors and windows at the inescapable sight of a blood stained walkway; the queasy aftermath of such a violent crime which literally jolted next door neighbor Marilyn Dillard out of bed and to her window.
"She was laying right there. Everything that happened had already happened. I guess the shots came from the police and he was right there lying face down with his hands cuffed behind him and she was moving her legs so she was still alive when I saw her."
But her friend, neighbor and mother of two, 29 year old Ronnesha Simms would eventually die from multiple stab wounds inflicted by her boyfriend William Brown.
It all happened on Simms front lawn another neighbor tells us.
He says he tried to stop the knife attack by grabbing Brown's wrist which caused him to drop the knife and the neighbor was able to kick it away, but then Brown came charging back outside with another knife as Annapolis police were making the scene; he was intent on finishing the job.
"To the best of my determination and after talking detectives it appears that he was shot and then again stabbed her. As much as we tried to stop the assault, we weren't successful," said Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop.
Both Simms and Brown were pronounced dead at area hospitals.
That neighbor who told us his story would not do an on-camera interview but says he will never forget the screams or that it all happened in front of Simms’ two year old girl.
An impact that may prove to be immeasurable on two young children not quite aware they just lost their mother.
"She was just clinging to her sister. She had blood on her clothes, on her shirt, on her hands...and they cleaned it up and she just clung to her little sister and that was it.” [And the older sister was crying too?] “Yeah she was really having a hard time. She just wanted to know when my mom was coming back," said Dillard.
Despite being on the state's most watched list as part of the Violence Prevention Initiative, Brown was able to commit this heinous crime.
The Department of Public Safety and Corrections says Brown's parole and probation agent kept close tabs on him and that Brown was compliant with the strict supervision program.
Court records show Brown was arrested in the past for robbery, kidnapping and at least one previous assault on Simms.
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