SunTrust victim identified as Ana Piñon-Williams, 38, former Okeechobee resident

Posted at 4:18 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 20:55:47-05

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — A family member identified one of the victims of a SunTrust Bank shooting in Sebring as a former Okeechobee resident.


Tim Williams addressed the media Thursday from the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and expressed heartbreak at the death of his sister-in-law, 38-year-old Ana Piñon-Williams.

She had seven children, three of them biological, as well as four step children, according to Williams.

"Her life was truly a light in this world, she made it a better place," Williams said. "We are determined to let Ana's memory be marked by the life she lived, the people she loved, and the difference she made."

Piñon-Williams was an employee at the bank when police said 21-year-old Zephen Xaver opened fire on Wednesday, killing five women.

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"We do not know what was going in the mind of the individual who committed this atrocious act, but we know he was influenced by the darkness in this world," said Williams. "We will not try to understand the darkness, but with God's help we will overcome it."

Williams offered his condolences to the families of the other victims, and also thanked law enforcement for their tireless effort.