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An Ohio man is accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend to death in front of her 4-year-old child.
Antonio Wilcox, 31, is now facing charges in connection with the death of 31-year-old Michelle McDonald, who was nearly nine months pregnant when she was killed Friday night.
Cincinnati Police said in a statement that authorities were called to the 1800 block of First Avenue around 6:41 p.m. Friday after receiving reports of shots fired in the area and discovered McDonald suffering from a gunshot wound.
She was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she died from her injuries.
Medical personnel were able to successfully deliver her baby, a girl named Aaliyah Marie McCoy, but the baby died the next day, police said.
“The death of Michelle McDonald and her baby are a true tragedy,” Assistant Chief Lisa Davis said in a statement, adding that police plan to hold Wilcox “accountable” for the deaths.
McDonald’s family said the 31-year-old was shot to death in front of her 4-year-old daughter, who had tried unsuccessfully to wake her mom up and repeatedly pointed to her mother’s forehead.
“She witnessed that,” McDonald’s aunt Minnie Evans told local station WLWT. “She was there.”
Family members told local station WXIX that Wilcox and McDonald had been dating at the time of the shooting. They said she was about eight and a half months pregnant when she was killed.
The family is now left struggling with the sudden loss of McDonald and baby Aaliyah.
“I just feel like so much pain like it’s never going to end,” McDonald’s mother, Michelle Sanchez, told the news outlet.
By sharing McDonald’s story, they hope to prevent another act of domestic violence.
“Just walk away. Just walk away. And stop doing these things in front of these kids,” McDonald’s cousin Dorthea Young told WXIX.
Another cousin, Adrian Blasingame, said the family is now just trying to take comfort in the fact that Wilson is behind bars.
“We got immediate justice, and it goes to show God is working with our family,” Blasingame said.
Police have said the investigation remains ongoing. Oxygen.com reached to Cincinnati Police to receive an update to the investigation but did not receive an immediate response.
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