DESOTO - In Facebook photos placed side by side, 47-year-old Zina Teal-Bowser might be mistaken as the sister of her 28-year-old daughter, Neima Williams.
"Just a very sweet lady," said a neighbor who asked not to be identified. "[Teal-Bowser] had a bubbly personality, big smile. I just saw her as a hardworking single mom."
The neighbor said Teal-Bowser's two sons, 13-year-old Chris White and 11-year-old Miles White, are products of that hard work and are known around the neighborhood as well-mannered and well-behaved.
"She was a single mom, very nice and never turned our boys away," said Akilah McLaughlin, a family friend. "And we never turned her boys away, very mannerly boys. So, we just really feel for their loss and hope that they pull though their surgeries."
Family members told News 8 Teal-Bowser tried unsuccessfully for two years to break away from her estranged husband Erbie Bowser. They said she filed a protective order against him after he threatened to kill her and her children two years ago.
Tragically, Bowser apparently made good on those threats when he fatally shot his estranged wife and her daughter, police said.
DeSoto police said Bowser tossed an explosive device into their home in the 100 block of Galleria Drive before shooting the two women and Bowser's two sons. The women were killed and the two boys injured. Police said amid the terror, 13-year-old Chris White managed to call 911.
Both boys were taken to Children's Hospital where they underwent surgery early Thursday morning. They remained in critical condition Thursday evening, according to relatives.
Williams' 3-year-old son, who was also in the house at the time of the shooting, was unharmed and placed in the custody of his grandfather.
Teal-Bowser was a nurse practitioner with JPS Health Network, which released the following statement:
JPS Health Network and its Board of Managers are saddened by the news that our co-worker, Zina Bowser, was killed last night in DeSoto. We do not know the details of the events, but our hearts and prayers go out to her family, friends and her fellow team members here at JPS. Zina was a compassionate member of our healthcare team, providing dedicated care for JPS employees and their family members as a nurse practitioner in our employee health clinic. She touched the lives of many and she will be greatly missed.
Friends say Williams worked at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.