Family demands answers after pregnant woman shot dead; baby named 'Miracle'

Doctors were able to save a baby girl's life after she was born prematurely when her mother was shot and killed at six months pregnant in a drive-by shooting on Chicago's South Side.

The two adult victims were sitting in a parked auto when another vehicle drove up alongside them and a suspect with dreadlocks opened fire, Chicago police said.

On Monday night, the family of Parasha Beard were joined by other relatives and supporters to share together their sorrow over the murder of the 19-year-old.

Both victims were rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Beard was pronounced dead and her baby was delivered.

A pregnant woman has been killed after a gunman pulled up alongside the parked auto she was sitting in and shot her dead.

No one is in custody. Parashay's family who described her as an outgoing person, have welcomed the child.

Officials have released few details about the suspected shooter, who fled the scene and remains at large, except that he had dreadlocks.

The baby, a girl named "Miracle" by family members, weighed only 2 pounds, but was in "stable" condition at Comer Children's Hospital, according to family members. No word yet on the baby's condition. She always got her goals set for herself.

Beard also leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter. Beard was due to give birth in December. "She was a attractive girl, just like everybody else's kids", said Crystal Jones, the victim's mother. "They paid all this tax money so I just hope justice will be served", said Tinishia Jackson, a family friend. Police could not confirm that the woman was pregnant. "That's all I want", Crystal Jones, Parasha's mother, told the station.

  • Archie Newman