BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A woman who lost her life may have managed to save two very young lives, but the question of who would gun down a young mother remains unanswered.
Angel Brooks, 19, of Baton Rouge, was killed on May 29, 2013. She had lived at an apartment complex in the 4100 block of Mohican Prescott Crossover just a couple months.
It's a neighborhood the Baton Rouge Police Department describes as seeing its share of violence.
"We don't know what transpired to get her from her apartment to here (outside the apartment)," Det. Bryan Ballard with BRPD said.
Her mother remembers the last day she visited her daughter at the apartment.
"I pinched her cheek and told her I loved her," Angela Brooks, the victim's mother, said. "She said, 'Oh momma, I love you, too.' [I] Said, 'I'm leaving. Going home. If you need me, call me.'"
A phone call was never made. However, there would be a knock on her door early the next morning, with detectives arriving to deliver earth-shattering news.
"That's a hurting feeling, to receive news like that. That your baby, first-born, is taken away from you," Angela Brooks explained.
It was heartbreak for the mom. And, as it turns out, Angel Brooks was a mom herself.
"Once the uniform guys got here, established a scene, they went into her apartment and found she had two small children under the age of two," Ballard added.
So what happened that night? Was she chased from her apartment? Did she run from there on purpose, putting distance between the killers and her babies? Police just don't know. Her mom knows, though.
"Her mother instinct just kicked in," Angela Brooks said.
Angel comes from a large family and there are still many broken hearts right now. All of them are getting used to life without their angel.
"She was beautiful, inside and out," Angela Brooks added.
She is now hoping the community will step up. She is also hoping that in time, she can tell her grandkids not to worry.
She wants to be able to tell them those bad people who did this can't hurt you now because the police caught them.