"We would tease him and say he was the killer, because he looked like the pictures", Gail Rogers told the Times.
McDonald's manager will get a $110,000 reward for tipping off police about a man accused of killing four people and terrorizing a Florida neighbourhood for 51days.
Police said Donaldson, 24, gave his co-worker a food bag Tuesday containing a.40-caliber Glock before leaving to visit an Amscot.
There were big hugs all around, said Casimar Naiboa, as he and his family finally got a chance to meet the woman whose discovery of a gun in a McDonald's bag helped end a 51-day of terror in southeast Seminole Heights.
It will take time, Chief Brian Dugan said, but Delonda Walker will be rewarded for her efforts.
Dugan said Donaldson admitted owning the gun, but did not confess to the four seemingly random killings of Benjamin Edward Mitchell, Monica Caridad Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa and Ronald Felton. Late Tuesday, Tampa police announced Donaldson would be arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder stemming from four shooting deaths in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa.
"At this time, I am speaking exclusively with police and am appreciative that they were nearby and quickly acted upon the information I discovered and shared with the police officer", she said.
"We've had other guns, but we knew this was the one", he said Wednesday.
Walker did not attend the press conference, but Buckhorn read a statement from her aloud. "My thoughts are focused on the victims and their families and out of respect for them and the active investigation, please direct inquiries to the Tampa Police Department". "I am also appreciative of the outpouring of support from the community".
"She has no idea just how much of a relief this is", Hoffa's father, Kenny Hoffa told Spectrum Bay News 9. "And then there was disbelief that this was happening to our family and we questioned why. She's part of our family now".
Reward money in the case began with $5,000, but through donations from individuals and law enforcement partners, it grew to $110,000.
Family members said that if Walker hadn't spoken up about what she saw, the killer might have never been caught.
"She did such a good thing", he said.