A love story, a murder story

A teen mom and the father of her child "fought a lot," a friend says. Early Wednesday, bullets ended her life.

Published April 19, 2007

ST. PETERSBURG -- Last week, Charles Wilson came over to his teenaged girlfriend's house and punched her in the face after an argument, police said. The blow bruised her upper lip and spilled blood on the floor.

Wilson, 20, was already wanted on two outstanding warrants when police put out an alert. They wanted him on a domestic battery charge.

But that didn't keep Wilson from returning to Ediesha Daniel's home at 4102 12th Ave. S, a block from Childs Park, just before 7 a.m. Wednesday. This time, he broke in and shot Daniel, 17, several times before leaving, police said.

Police were still looking for Wilson late Wednesday.

Daniel was a Gibbs High student who left school after becoming pregnant with Wilson's child. She named her 2-month-old baby boy Charles Wilson Jr., after the man now accused of killing her.

"It's sad, it's just so sad," said Anqunette Peterson, 15, a close friend of Ediesha's. "They fought a lot. He was just a very aggressive guy."

Peterson and a group of other friends who grew up with Ediesha gathered outside her home Wednesday while police gathered evidence. As Ediesha's body was carried away, they wailed and wept.

Detective Gary Gibson said that Ediesha and Wilson had recently fought over their son, whom Ediesha had cared for. "They've been arguing over the child," Gibson said.

Wilson has a lengthy criminal record that includes arrests on charges of cocaine sale and possession and grand theft auto.

Ediesha met Wilson about two years ago, her friends and relatives said. She was a quiet girl who liked listening to the Louisiana rap star Lil Boosie. She lived with her mother and was planning to get her GED.

Ediesha and Wilson had been arguing for months. Kimberly Thomas, a neighbor, remembered calling 911 last week after hearing loud noises, screams and shattered glass from her home around 3 a.m.

"It was loud enough to wake me up," she said.

Latrice McKinnon, 24, Ediesha's cousin, said her sister and other friends had to fight him off by throwing lamps and hitting him with a stick. At one point, McKinnon, said, Wilson tried to choke Ediesha.

For now, other relatives are taking care of the baby. As word of Ediesha's death spread, they remained stunned.

"She's got his baby," said Queeona Jenkins, 17, Ediesha's cousin and now a Georgia resident. "When they told me, I didn't believe it. Why would he do that?"

Times researcher Angie Drobnic Holan and photographer Willie Allen contributed to this report. Abhi Raghunathan can be reached at araghunathan@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8472.

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Anyone with information about the slaying of Ediesha Daniel was asked to call St. Petersburg police at (727) 893-7164.