SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – An 82-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a woman at a Nokomis mobile home park was about to be evicted from his home, authorities said.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Palm & Pines Mobile & RV Park, 255 North Tamiami Trail around 2:30 p.m. Thursday after witnesses reported hearing several gunshots coming from inside an office.
Deputies found the victim dead with several gunshot wounds. The alleged shooter, David White, had been detained by witnesses nearby.
Detectives later learned White was in the process of being evicted by the park, authorities said.
“There was eviction proceedings, some correspondence that had been sent to Mr. White, but exactly what his motivations were, we’re still looking into that at this time,” Lieutenant Jason Mruzcek said.
Family members identified the victim to 8 On Your Side as 52-year-old Linda Swigger. They say she was an office manager at the mobile home park for around two years.
“She was pretty much the rock of our family. Without her now, I don’t know what we are going to do,” said Linda’s son, Kendall Swigger.
Swigger, who was a grandmother of three, is being remembered by her loving personality and unmatchable work ethic.
“She was a great woman. She was a workaholic. You can ask anybody, there were times where if you were going to get evicted, she would try to figure out a way to work with you, she would do anything for you. She was the strongest and the best woman I ever met, the best woman I ever known. I can’t honestly believe she’s gone,” said the victim’s son.
Loved ones have created a GoFundMe page to help with unexpected costs.
White is charged with a single count of murder, and is being held in the Sarasota County jail without bond.