Friends & family march to city hall in memory of murdered pregnant women
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-Tamara Coleman leads supporters in a call to action.
The crowd chants, “Justice for Maryiah and Jakobe.”
They’re marching from the courthouse plaza to city hall demanding an explanation for why Tamara’s 22-year-old daughter Mariayah and her unborn baby Jakobe were victims of senseless gun violence.
In front of city hall Tamara Coleman yells, “Aren’t we all tired of burying our children, our grandchildren, our husbands, our daughters?”
Police say Maryiah was an innocent bystander to a nearby robbery. She was out walking her dog in front of Matador North Apartments about a month ago when she was shot in the back. Maryiah’s family was supposed to be celebrating, welcoming baby Jakobe into the world, but instead they’re marching in his and Maryiah’s honor.
Jakobe’s aunt Kenya Ballard says, “Everyone was so excited. You know…everyone was so excited to have Jakobe in our lives and for someone to just rob us of that is hard. It’s really hard.”
Tamara Coleman says, “To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t want to get up this morning but I knew I had things that I had to do. But I still have to get justice for my daughter and I have to carry on until the people are arrested.”
Police say they need more witnesses to come forward to be able to solve this case.
Ballard says, “You know, somebody saw something. It’s just kind of hard for us to believe that nobody saw anything.”
At the rally Maryiah’s mom launched a petition drive to make her community safer to prevent another tragedy like Maryiah’s.
Tamara Coleman says, “We should not have to be worried about being shot in cold blood in the street doing everyday living activities. That’s just totally unacceptable. Wwe have to keep our community safe for everyone.”
Tips can be given anonymously by calling Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020. A $1000 reward is being offered for credible information leading to an arrest.