The celebration turned into heartbreak for the Harlem family.
“Shanice was nine months pregnant… she was nine months pregnant,” said her sister, Metania.
Shanice Young, 31, a mother weeks before childbirth, was shot in the head outside her apartment building on West 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Her family gathered in the same place to mourn.
“Shanice was a victim, she didn’t have four children – she had two, and the third died with her,” her sister added.
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Just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Shanice was returning from her baby shower. She was taking the presents to the lobby of her apartment building when police said a fight broke out between the two men. Neighbors say one of the men was Shanice’s ex, and the other was the father of her unborn child.
One of the men had a gun that fired and a bullet hit Shanice in the head.
There is a memorial for the 31-year-old woman and her unborn daughter. She also had two other children and looked after her two younger siblings.
A local domestic violence activist and survivor was outraged by the unnecessary loss of two lives.
“I’m upset because she didn’t have to die… it could have been me,” Stephanie McGraw said.
Police are still trying to figure out who pulled the trigger.
No arrests have yet been made.
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The investigation is ongoing.
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