Police stepping up patrols in Lexington neighborhood after pregnant woman is shot dead

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police have stepped up patrols in the Winburn drive neighborhood after the shooting death of Maryiah Coleman and her unborn baby.

Police say they have been given conflicting information from witnesses about the shooting that happened at the Matador North Apartments — where Coleman lived.

Coleman’s family told ABC 36 they believed the 22-year-old, who was 8 months pregnant was out walking her dog when she was accidentally shot.

Investigators say they were initially told that Coleman walked into the robbery of another individual.  Police say they are investigating this as a homicide and are working to learn more about the events that led to the shooting.

Coleman was gunned down near the front entrance of the apartment building.

The coroner says she later died at University of Kentucky Hospital.  Doctors were unsuccessful in saving Coleman’s unborn baby — a son she planned to name Jakobe.

No arrests have been made in the case and investigators say they only have vague descriptions of possible suspects.

Coleman’s family is planning a vigil Sunday at 5 p.m. outside the Matador North Apartments.  They are asking everyone to bring blue balloons for baby Jakobe and pink balloons for Maryiah.

A go-fund-me page has also been set to help with funeral expenses.

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