Pregnant Woman Shot Dead Just Days Before Expecting to Give Birth, Ex-Boyfriend Charged with Manslaughter

by Xara Aziz

A newborn baby is currently clinging to life after an Amazon worker killed his pregnant fiancée just days before she was expected to give birth to a child they share.

Kyla O’Neal was pronounced dead after a dispute ensued at a Minnesota parking lot, leading her enraged partner to shoot her, according to CBS News.

While the 33-year-old expecting mom didn’t survive, her unborn son did, but is currently in critical condition. She would have been the mother to four children after the birth of her son, who she planned to name Messiah.

Meanwhile, Donte Rapheal McCray, 32, has been arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter.

O’Neal had just broken up with McCray before he shot and killed her.

“I need [Messiah] to pull through this,” Kyla’s mom, Katina O’Neal, told CBS News. “I want him to. I can’t lose both of them, not right now, no.”

She further added that the infant “has no brain functioning right now,” but she is “holding onto faith” in hopes the child survives.

“God got the last word, so hopefully he gives him to me.”

The distraught mother said that shortly before her daughter was killed, she had ended her relationship with the suspect.

“I said, ‘So you done cheated; you got another child?’ He like, ‘Yeah,'” her mother recalled in a conversation she had with McCray. 

She says her daughter was involved in a physical altercation that afternoon and left the scene of the incident to go for a drive.

“She said, ‘I want to go alone,’ so I’m thinking, ‘She’s going to vent,” the victim’s mother explained, adding that after a short drive, she decided to come back to speak with McCray.

“He was on his way to work and she took him to work — even though all that they did there, she still went and picked him up and took him to work,” said Samantha Scott, O’Neal’s sister

Little did O’Neal know it would be her last day alive.

“He went in the back of her car in her back door and grabbed her gun out of her purse and aimed it at her and shot her,” explained Scott.

A judge had formerly ordered that McCray could not possess any firearms due to a prior criminal conviction, according to court documents.

Amazon did not release an official statement but said that it is cooperating with authorities involved in the investigation.

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