Murder victim’s mother speaks out: ‘I loved her tremendously’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: 22-year-old Antonio Williams is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Jacoria Ray.

Williams was arrested Monday in the victim’s vehicle, Birmingham Police said.

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Antonio Williams

ORIGINAL: The mother of a young woman found shot to death in Birmingham, spoke about her daughter to WIAT 42 News.

Jacoria Ray’s body was found on Sunday.

Police say they found a person of interest. They have not arrested them and aren’t calling them a suspect yet.

A large group of Jacoria’s family members went down to the police department to talk with officers and learn more. The police department is the same place Jacoria’s mother went last night, desperately searching for her daughter.

“I just loved her tremendously, I just loved her tremendously,” Deandra Ray said.

There were tears when Deandra Ray talked about her daughter’s murder. However, describing her oldest child, Jacoria Ray, put a smile on her face.

“She was awesome guys, she had a smile that would light up the room. She was silly. There’s so much I can say about her, so much. But that was my baby. That was my baby,” Ray said.

Deandra says she knew something was wrong Sunday when no one could a hold of Jacoria on the phone.

“If she sees that I’ve called then she’s going to call back, I don’t care what she’s doing. And everybody is calling her and couldn’t get her to answer. I told them something is wrong. Something is wrong because this is not like her,” Ray said.

Jacoria Ray’s body was found Sunday at about 6 p.m. on Sunday near Lewisburg road and 47th Avenue. Her mother didn’t know that and at about 9:30 Sunday night, she went to the police for help.

“I came up here to file a missing person report and that’s when they told me my baby had been found,” Ray said.

Jacoria’s car has been found and police have questioned a person of interest. The big developments in the case don’t bring Deandra Ray any relief.

“It still hurts,” Ray said.

Jacoria’s mother says she was interested in disaster recovery and helping people with insurance claims. She was preparing to get certified and was planning to move out of Birmingham.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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