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Good Deed Leads to Death

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You often hear of people trying to pay it forward. Usually, people are trying to do good deeds to negate all the bad that we see in the world. We want to do and see good in our world for so many reasons. Most of the time these deeds end happily and make a positive impact on the world or one person. Unfortunately, sometimes these deeds end in tragedy.

Good Deed Leads to Good Samaritan’s Murder

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — “A St. Petersburg woman has died days after she was attacked with a hatchet by a man she let stay in her home, according to deputies.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office pronounced Lisa Rogers Eaton, 56, dead at Bayfront Hospital at 11:04 p.m. Saturday.

Rogers Eaton’s sister, Donna Voye, said her family joined her in the hospital Saturday to pray and turn off the victim’s respirator.

Pinellas County deputies said they found the 56-year-old with a hatchet embedded in her head after she was attacked by Michael Dougherty, 40, of St. Petersburg Tuesday morning.

According to Voye, Doughtery was staying with Rogers Eaton and her husband after he lost his job, an act of goodwill on the couple’s part.

Michael Dougherty, 40, of St. Petersburg (Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

“We don’t understand it,” Voye said. “We can’t understand it because she wouldn’t hurt anybody.”

Deputies said Dougherty was later found at around 2:50 a.m. in Alachua County after a deputy pulled him over.

Initially, he was charged with attempted second-degree murder, but his charge has now been upgraded to second-degree murder.

Written by WFLA News 8

What Can We Learn?

I am not sharing this article to try to stop you from doing good deeds. Helping out those in need can be so fulfilling and wonderful. However, you have to be careful. Don’t allow people you don’t know to stay in your home without finding a way to protect yourself. People can be good. People can mean to do you harm. Unfortunately, this woman didn’t find out until it was too late.

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