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Updated: 9:10 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 | Posted: 3:03 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013
By Catherine Bilkey
SHELBY, N.C. —
Family members are desperate for answers. They want to know who shot and killed a woman, leaving her toddler without a mother."I heard a big gunshot and it sounded like a cannon went off," said Teresa Hamrick.Police said when they arrived on Ramblewood Drive they found the victim lying in a parking lot with a gunshot wound, barely alive. Friends said she was fighting for her life."She was gasping for air and we were trying to tell her keep breathing, keep breathing, keep breathing. And she gasped for air three times and she died," said Hamrick.The victim was rushed from an apartment complex to the Cleveland Regional Medical Center, but did not make it."She was fighting, she was being strong. She was being as strong as she could," she said.A family member said she had recently adopted and was raising a 2-year-old boy."She has been there with us through thick and thin, so we were there with her trying to keep her here with us, but we could not do it. But we tried and tried," said Donisha Ross.Friends do not know how to tell her child."He is only 2 years old. So I do not know how we were going to tell him and have him understand what happened to her," Ross said.They said something needs to change."The violence needs to stop. She is gone for no reason, she is gone for no reason," Ross said.While investigating, police arrested 20-year-old Steven Morris for possession of a stolen firearm, among other charges, but police have not charged anyone with murder yet.
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