The daughter of a United States woman who lost her life to a 14-foot alligator expressed that her family was grappling with excruciating sorrow and agony. The alligator was found in a canal with a body in its jaws on Friday in Florida, as reported by the New York Post. It was sighted by a witness on a residential street in Largo, a small community located just four miles south of Clearwater Beach.
Breauna Dorris, the victim’s daughter, posted on Facebook that her mother, Sabrina Peckham, was homeless and living in a forested area close to the incident scene. Dorris speculated that her mother, aged 41, might have been on her way to her campsite when the alligator attack occurred. She also refuted several rumors circulating on social media that suggested her mother had ‘taunted’ the alligator.
“Some details I would like to clarify are that my mother did not ‘taunt’ the alligator, as some news outlets and comments are suggesting,” Ms. Dorris wrote. “My mother was a part of the homeless population that lived in the nearby wooded area. It is believed that she may have been walking to or from her campsite near the creek in the dark, and the alligator attacked from the water,” she added. Ms Dorris said, “Regardless of the circumstances, no one deserves to die in this manner.”
Addressing her mother, she wrote, “To my mother: I love you more than I ever expressed, I miss you more than you’ll ever know, and I pray that you are looking down over me and your grandchildren.”
Furthermore, she mentioned, “Within 24 hours, we have raised over $4,000, which will be used for funeral and burial expenses.”