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Pregnant woman killed by teens who shot into her car

By Sarah May on
 April 20, 2023

In a tragic story out of Louisiana, a 36-year-old expectant mother was fatally shot while driving her vehicle in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity, as the Daily Mail reports.

Kerisha Johnson, who was just days away from her due date, was reportedly attempting to pick up people from a party held in Baton Rouge, when several teenagers sprayed bullets into her vehicle.

Two lives lost

According to an arrest warrant reviewed by ABC News, Johnson was headed in the direction of the party, which was billed as an Easter celebration for primarily teenaged attendees.

Police indicated that as Johnson approached the venue, “several individuals” fired shots at her white sedan.

The shooters reportedly mistook Johnson for the driver a car that passed by the party earlier in the evening and shot into the air near the event.

Though Johnson endeavored to flee the scene, she was hit by the gunfire, and both she and her unborn child – a girl who was to be named McKenzie – perished as a result, the warrant explained.

Suspects arrested

As ABC News further reported, the accused shooters were caught on video “raising firearms, pointing them at the victim's vehicle and then firing” and then fled the scene.

Baton Rouge CBS affiliate station WAFB reported earlier this week that three suspects were arrested in connection with Johnson's death, all of them teenaged adults.

Marques Porch, 19, Gregory Parker, 19, and Derrick Curry, 19, were all booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and are now facing charges of second-degree murder and first-degree feticide.

During a Monday court appearance, the three young men were ordered held without bond, according to ABC News.

Family left to mourn

Reacting to the senseless death of Johnson was Shalonda Guy-Jones, who said, according to WAFB, “I know my sister is gone, and it's not because of something she did.”

“Her life was taken because we have young men picking up a gun, not knowing what to do with it, don't know how to shoot, don't know how to aim,” Guy-Jones added.

Referencing the fact that Johnson was due to give birth on April 20, Guy-Jones further lamented, “That's what my mind has been on. I don't have my sister, and now I won't have my niece, because a baby brings so much joy, and it brings the family together.”

“If you don't have anyone else, you're supposed to have family. So, we had each other. So, now I'm going to have to hold on to my other siblings,” the bereaved sister said.

Victim remembered

The outlet noted that a vigil was held Wednesday at the site of Johnson's tragic death, and attendees were provided with blue balloons in a nod to the victim's favorite color.

That hue, according to Guy-Jones, was a reminder of her sister's love of the ocean and the way in which she always visualized herself in a seaside locale whenever she had a bad day.

Johnson's goddaughter, Marlaya Dillon, praised the woman known to friends and family as “KeKe,” saying, “She treated me like she birthed me, and I'm just lost of words, I don't know what else to say.”

Expressing her hope that justice will ultimately be done in her mother's case was K'Yannia Johnson, who said, “I just feel like she didn't deserve that. And the people that did it, they gonna get what's coming for them, and they are not going to come home anytime soon.”