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An eight-month pregnant woman was killed Sunday after being shot multiple times—but not before she was able to provide police with details about her alleged killer.
Jackson Police said 20-year-old Brianna Carter named her alleged attacker before she and her unborn child died at a Mississippi hospital, following what police have described as a domestic incident, local station WAPT reports.
Daniel Cornelius Jones, 21, is now facing two counts of murder in connection with the deaths, according to jail records obtained by Law & Crime. He was taken into custody Tuesday after a search by police, WJTV reports.
Carter was shot multiple times near the 3800 block of Bishop Avenue in Jackson, the Clarion Ledger reports.
“Not only is loss of life always devastating, but most especially if a mother herself is killed and in one of the most miraculous periods of our lives carrying a child,” Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said in a Monday press conference. “That hope, that’s a future gone.”
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said Carter had been nearly full-term at the time of the shooting.
The deaths are just the latest in a surge of domestic-related violence across the city, authorities said.
“We are pleading with you to—please—let’s handle domestic situations, disagreements, disturbances another type of way,” Assistant Chief Joe Wade said, according to WAPT. “Death is a final act.”
Last month, 23-year-old Keyunta McWilliams—also eight months pregnant—was fatally shot in the city as well.
Homicide is considered the leading cause of death for pregnant women, according to a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology last year. Researchers reported that females who were pregnant or within a year of giving birth had a 16% higher chance of being killed in a homicide than their non-pregnant female counterparts.
Oxygen.com reached out to Jackson Police but did not receive an immediate response.
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