Former FAU student found fatally stabbed Saturday morning

Hannah Bonta was found dead in the driveway of her neighbor’s home.


Hannah Bonta before Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s prom night. She was found dead Saturday morning near her home in Coconut Creek. Photo courtesy of Bonta’s Facebook

Kristen Grau, Managing Editor

Update | Aug. 26, 10:57 a.m.: Hannah Bonta was a Broward College student this semester, not an FAU student. She attended FAU for one semester in Spring 2018, according to FAU’s media relations office and confirmed by a friend of hers. 


A violent scene on Saturday in a Coconut Creek neighborhood left three people stabbed and an officer shot, the Sun-Sentinel has reported. Two of those stabbed were killed, another who was stabbed is in critical condition, and the officer on the scene was shot multiple times. 

One of the stabbing victims was Hannah Bonta, a 20-year-old Broward College nursing student who attended FAU for the Spring 2018 semester. The other victim was Jan Kirkland, Bonta’s mother. Jason Roseman, Kirkland’s boyfriend, was taken into custody as the suspected assailant, according to the Sun-Sentinel. 

Kirkland was found inside her Coconut Creek home, and Bonta in the driveway of a neighbor’s home, WSVN reported.

Bonta’s boyfriend Craig Newman and officer Andrew Renna were the two injured in the shooting, according to Local 10 News

Friends of Bonta’s told the Sun-Sentinel she was following in Kirkland’s footsteps by studying to be a nurse. She was also a varsity softball player at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and graduated in 2017. 

As of Sunday, Newman is in critical condition and Renna is in stable condition, Local 10 News reported. Police also found a dead pit bull on the scene, but couldn’t confirm if it died from a gunshot, a police spokesman told the Sun-Sentinel.

Kristen Grau is the managing editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet her at @_kristengrau.