Jasmine Vega, 19, was sleeping inside her Tucson, Arizona home over Christmas weekend when shots were fired into her home. Vega, who was six months pregnant, was shot multiple times. Others in the home woke up to her screams. She died en route to the hospital.
According to KVOA, Vega’s death resulted in the premature birth of her son Tadeo. His grandmother Olga Carreon said that his condition has been stabilized, and that little Tadeo is becoming stronger each day.
“We’re taking it day by day but he is doing better,” Carreon told KVOA.“She [Jasmine] left a little piece of her. And we're going to make him happy and be here for that baby.”
Carreon hopes justice will be found for her slain daughter.
“She was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” she told KVOA “Now the baby doesn't have a mother, I don't have a daughter. And they need to pay for what they did.”
No arrests have been made in the shooting. Police don’t know if the shooting was random or if the home was specifically targeted. Based on projectile holes in the walls of Vega’s home, detectives believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators were shooting from the outside, Arizona Central reports. BET described the shooting as a drive-by.
Anthony Rivera, Vega's boyfriend, told Tucson News Now that he misses Vega.
“She was amazing, fun, loving, outgoing, big heart,” he said, adding that he wishes she was around for their baby.
"All I was thinking [when I look at Tadeo] was I wish your mom was right here to see you," he said. At the time of this quote, Tadeo was still on life support. "It sucks. It sucks seeing your baby like that."
Vega was excited to become a mother. Over the summer, she changed her Facebook cover photo to an image of an ultrasound which revealed Tadeo in her womb.
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Vega’s family has started a GoFundMe to help with the medical expenses.