Cold Case: BPD searches for new leads in murder of pregnant 16 year old

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Police Department is asking the public to step up and help them find the man that shot and killed a pregnant 16 year old in January of 2016.

“She’s not here. Next week is her prom and she’s not here,” said Tangee White.

Her daughter, Raven, was shot and killed while sitting in the car with her boyfriend eating pizza outside her own apartment.

“That night… I play it over and over in my head because it’s stuck there,” she said.

Detective Joylyn Craig with the Birmingham Police Department was working the case before it was turned over to cold case investigators.

She said Raven’s boyfriend told them, a man approached them, pulled out a gun and demanded money.

“Raven starts screaming and then he fires one shot into that vehicle,” said Craig.

“It sounded like a firecracker went off,” said Tangee White.

She had been sleeping, but heard the shot. The sound woke her and she started looking for her children. Then the phone rang. It was Raven’s boyfriend.

“And I can hear my baby screaming ‘Momma! Momma!’ That’s all I hear is my child crying for me and there’s nothing I can do,” said White.

Raven’s boyfriend drove her to the hospital, but it was too late. Raven did not survive surgery.

“The hardest thing was forgiveness,” said White’s mother, Tangee White. “I can honestly say I do forgive him.”

However, she said she does still want to see justice for her daughter.

“It hurts. He took something very dear to me, and for what I don’t understand,” said White. “I still cry every day.”

If you have any information that can help police solve this case, call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777. You can leave a tip anonymously, and good information may earn you a cash reward.


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