A younger Florida lady was shot to demise on Tuesday night whereas in her automobile along with her 1-yr-previous daughter in her arms, and her 2-yr-previous daughter within the again seat.
The younger mom, recognized by St. Petersburg Police as 21-yr-previous Ok’Mia Simmons, was discovered by officers affected by a gunshot wound after they acquired a name of a capturing at about 6:15 p.m. native time on Tuesday.
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In accordance with police reviews, Simmons was within the passenger seat of a darkish-coloured Volvo sedan pushed by a person in the course of the metropolis’s rush hour on Tuesday night. Her two youngsters have been additionally within the automobile, together with the toddler sitting within the again in a booster seat. On the intersection of twenty second Avenue South and 18th Avenue South, a automobile pulled up alongside them and an unknown individual started firing photographs into the Volvo.
St. Petersburg Police chief Anthony Holloway reported at a press convention on Wednesday that Simmons, who was struck, apparently saved her toddler’s life in the course of the horrible incident:
“One of many bullets went proper by the booster seat, so it was in all probability the place of the child [pulled up by Simmons] that’s the one purpose why that child is alive in the present day.”
Wow. Such a robust act in demise, to be so selfless in a horrible scenario as to make use of her personal physique to defend her youngsters from a hail of bullets. Heroic! The younger mom was rushed to a neighborhood hospital, however she died hours later as a result of her accidents.
Cops are assured Simmons was not the supposed goal of the capturing, and as an alternative are involved in talking with the motive force of the Volvo. That man fled after the gunfire — taking each youngsters with him, and leaving Simmons wounded and alone — and police are hoping to trace him down to seek out extra info. In accordance with Fox 13 Tampa Bay, the Volvo driver is the daddy of one in every of Simmons’ youngsters.
“[Simmons] was not the supposed goal, however that bullet struck and killed her, so now these two youngsters don’t have a mom, that household doesn’t have a sister, aunt, daughter. She is gone.”
So, so terrible. In accordance with Simmons’ mom Linda, who spoke at a press convention on Thursday, the deceased was one in every of seven youngsters. She was learning nursing in school on the time of her demise, and had goals of someday changing into a gynecologist.
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Linda mourned her beloved daughter’s demise in the course of the emotional press convention, including:
“[For the children] their mom is all that they know. They have been at all times at her hip. She was totally dedicated to her youngsters. She was not one to go to golf equipment and hang around. It’s unhappy that we’ve got to undergo this. We aren’t the primary household [to lose a loved one to gun violence.] The gun violence has acquired to cease. I need justice for her. She was a younger girl who didn’t deserve this.”
Such an terrible, terrible tragedy. Right here’s extra on the capturing itself:
In addition to the aftermath, together with the household’s press convention plea to trace down the shooter:
Intestine-wrenching. Our hearts are with the grieving Simmons household as they grapple with the sudden lack of such a beloved younger mom.
Relaxation In Peace…
[Image via Fox 13 Tampa Bay/YouTube]