Pregnant Mother of One Found Dead with Upper Body Trauma near Tampa

by Xara Aziz
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An expecting mother who was known by family to be a “quiet, loving, bright spirit” has been found lying dead near a car while her toddler was found sleeping inside.

Twenty-two-year-old Alana Sims was found shortly before midnight on Monday by Tampa Police, who say she was found dead with “upper body trauma.” Authorities are still looking for the suspect, who is unknown at this time.

“It’s the most unbearable thing you can imagine can happen, happened,” Sims’ mother, Shahlevi Sims, told ABC Action News, a Florida-based TV station. “She was already pregnant, so my unborn grandchild, I miss her too; even if she wasn’t here, I’m still going to miss her.”

The distraught mother says that while she is still mourning the death of her daughter, she is glad her grandson was found safe.

“He’s among loved ones running around, and he’s running around, and he’s happy,” said Sims.

Investigators are asking that anyone with leads into Sims’ death contact their non-emergency line at 813-231-6130. Tipsters can also provide information anonymously through its TPD’s Tip411 program.

Meanwhile, the family has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with the victim’s funeral costs.

“Alana has lost her life suddenly,” Sims wrote in a post on the GoFundMe page. “Alana was a devoted mother who has a son who she loved very much. She was murdered on Monday the 30th. She was 5 months pregnant at the time and leaves behind a 2 year old. Please help us out in the time of need. Anything is appreciated. God bless.”

To date, the GoFundMe page has exceeded its $4,000 goal, amassing more than $13,000.

“We just want all this to come to a conclusion so we can close that chapter and begin a new chapter,” said Sims.

To learn more about the victim and to donate, please visit here.

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