‘Mainly anger’ – Loved ones react to murder of pregnant 16 year old

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police tell us their no. 1 priority is finding the “cold blooded killer” responsible for the murder of a pregnant 16 year old during a robbery.

The coroner identified the victim as 16 year old Raven White. People who knew and loved the Clay Chalkville High School student tell WIAT they can’t understand why anyone would end her life and that of her unborn child in such a senseless manner.

“Yes there is anger and there is hope for justice, but mostly shock mostly anger,” said Jennifer Hughes, English teacher and assistant varsity volleyball coach, Clay Chalkville High School.

Birmingham Police say the 16 year old mother to be was eating pizza with her 18 year old boyfriend in a car shortly after midnight in the parking lot of the Panorama East Apartments.

According to Lt. Sean Edwards an armed suspect approached the car on foot and demanded money.

Whatever followed ended with a gunshot to her body. Police say White’s boyfriend rushed her to the hospital, but neither she nor her baby survived.

“This individual had no remorse for life. His intent was to hurt, to kill and that’s exactly what he did,” said Edwards.

At Clay Chalkville High School, Raven White is remembered as a bright positive, helpful person and a hardworking student athlete.  She was in her junior year and a member of the volleyball team.

Head volleyball coach Natasha Brown says Raven White was also determined to go to college.

“It’s heartbreaking. It is just one that…I don’t understand it,” said Brown.

In a copy of the last paper she wrote, Raven White describes her American Dream. She wrote about having a family, a nice home and cars. She went on to say that she planned to save up to get the luxurious things she wanted and also to help others who were less fortunate.

“It’s sad. I do not know how to grapple with it. We just get through with prayer and we hope the best for her family moving forward and that others take her as an example and don’t take what they have for granted,” said Hughes.

WIAT 42 News did make contact with the victim’s mother and other family members.  They were understandably devastated and opted not to give an on camera interview.

Lt. Edwards is asking anyone who saw or heard anything related to this shooting to contact the BPD Homicide Unit at (205) 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at (205)254-7777.

According to Edwards the shooter ran to a vehicle and fled the scene after the shooting.

“We know it was a dark colored vehicle. If somebody was there earlier and can give us a tag number or a color, if they saw anything, a time frame, even if they saw a car that sped out of the area, if anybody saw anything like that please call those numbers that I mentioned,” said Edwards. “We definitely need your assistance.”

Copyright 2016 WIAT 42 News

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