Two Babies Almost Freeze to Death After Witnessing Mother Murdered in Parking Lot

by Xara Aziz

Two toddlers have been left without a mother after a gunman shot and killed the 24-year-old in her vehicle, leaving the two babies stranded in freezing temps overnight.

Destiny Wiggins was found dead in the car with a man who was also fatally shot in the parking lot of a construction company. Employees at the site noticed the two lifeless victims inside the car Thursday morning and called police. Two children were in the car, police reports say.

The two kids were uninjured but were taken to a local hospital because they were inside the vehicle for hours in severely cold weather. They were later released to relatives.

Forty-two-year-old Eric Coley was arrested and charged with double homicide, police said in a press release.

Eric Coley is currently being held without bond .

“He was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.”

He is currently being held without bond.

“Homicide Detectives continue to investigate the events that lead to the shooting, and additional criminal charges may be forthcoming. We continue to ask the community if anyone has information to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411, call Crimestoppers at 252-977-1111 for cash rewards, or Text-ATip (text RMPOL and your message to 274637),” read the press release.

The other victim in the shooting was 28-year-old Devone Brown.

“Destiny is one of eight kids of my mother, Donna Wiggins. She has four children, two girls and two boys,” Wiggins’ sister, Breana Wiggins, told a local North Carolina news station.

It is still unclear what led to the shooting.  

According to the press release, Rocky Mount’s “mission is to advance community well-being, safety and quality of life by delivering excellent public services and actively collaborating with the community towards a fulfilling and inspired future for its citizens.”

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