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This Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, booking photo released by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office shows Zephen Xaver, 21, who was charged with five counts of premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of the four bank employees and a customer in Sebring, Fla. (Highlands County Sheriff's Office via AP)
January 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

SEBRING, Fla. - The Latest on the shooting of five women at a Florida bank (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

Records show that the man suspected of killing five women at a Florida bank worked at a Walmart, a Mexican restaurant and an oil change shop in Indiana before moving to Florida and getting a job as a corrections officer.

The Florida Department of Corrections personnel file for 21-year-old Zephen Xaver shows he stayed at each job in Plymouth, Indiana, for just a few months. Xaver was hired as a trainee prison guard at Avon Park Correctional Institution on Nov. 2 and resigned Jan. 9. No disciplinary issues were reported.

Xaver's employment history shows that he worked at the Hacienda Mexican restaurant from August 2014 to January 2015, when he was terminated. He worked at Duke of Oil from September 2015 to December 2015, when he left to deal with "family issues." He was a Walmart overnight maintenance worker from January 2018 to April 2018, when he moved to Florida.

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3:35 p.m.

Authorities have confirmed the name of a fourth woman slain when a gunman opened fire inside a Florida bank.

The Highlands County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Friday that 31-year-old Jessica Eileen Noreen Montague of Avon Park was killed Wednesday at the SunTrust branch in Sebring.

Montague was one of four bank employees killed, along with one customer.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Dressel said a fifth bank employee was in a back breakroom when the attack began. He said the employee ran out a back door after hearing gunshots and also contacted law enforcement.

Zephen Xaver was charged with five counts of premeditated murder in the shooting. A message left for Xaver's public defender, Blair Allen, was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

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10 a.m.

SunTrust banks will observe a moment of silence Friday to honour the five people slain when a gunman opened fire inside a Florida branch.

In a Facebook post, SunTrust said the moment of silence will begin at 12:36 p.m. That was the time on Wednesday when Zephen Xaver called 911 and told dispatchers he had shot everyone inside the Sebring bank.

Four SunTrust employees and a customer were killed. Xaver faces five counts of premeditated murder. State Attorney Brian Haas has said he will seek the death penalty.

Highlands County Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Dressel said Friday a fifth bank employee was in a back break room when the attack began. He said the employee ran out a back door after hearing gunshots and also contacted law enforcement.

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