Crime Stoppers: Young child loses mother to a bullet through the wall

Crime Stoppers: Shaquana Jones murder

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's a murder that shocked a neighborhood. A murder that left a very young baby without a mother.

The deadly bullet may not have had this young mother's name on it, but it found her anyway.

Shaquana Jones had just brought her little man into the world in September of 2012. By January of 2013 though, just a few months later, that baby boy would be without a mother.

Shaquana's father, Henry Lilly, remembers hearing the news for the first time.

"I got a phone call saying my daughter was hurt, she had been shot. But not knowing what really happened," says Lilly.

What happened is she and some family and friends were in an apartment on La Margie Avenue back on January 10, 2013. That's just east of Sherwood Forest near Choctaw Drive.

At about 9:30 that night, shots rang out. Multiple shots come flying into the apartment.

Jones is the only one hit. She takes a bullet to the heart and dies a short time later.

Detective Scott Blake has been working the case from the beginning.

"We're not sure if she was targeted or not. Or somebody else was being targeted and they were just random rounds that hit her apartment," says Blake.

As you can imagine this whole scenario is very hard to fathom for her father. But he believes one thing without a doubt.

"I know it wasn't meant for her," says Lilly. "She'd just had a baby."

A baby boy who will never know his mother.

The pressing question now of course, will anyone ever be made to pay for taking her away from him?

Her father knows the answers are out there.

"All through the night, people walk there all through the night. Somebody knows something."

So why hasn't anybody been caught yet? It's been almost two years.

As it often does, it comes down to fear and apathy. Nobody coming forward. For her father, it's maddening.

"I don't know, I don't know, I don't know," says Lilly. "I don't know how to get around all that."

But somebody out there does know. All it takes is a phone call. That little man may never know his mother, but at least he can know that somebody paid the price for taking her away from him.

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