BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A young woman, raising two young children, was just setting out in life. Those two children are now growing up without her, and the question remains: who would gun down a young mother and why?
The Mohican Prescott Crossover is part of a neighborhood Baton Rouge Police describe as seeing its share of violence. On May 29, 2013, it would see it again.
"We don't know what transpired to get [the victim] from her apartment to here," said Det. Bryan Ballard with BRPD. As you can tell, still plenty of mystery with this one.
The victim that Det. Ballard was talking about is 19-year-old Angel Brooks. She had lived at the apartment complex in the 4100 block of Mohican Prescott Crossover for just a couple months. Her mother remembers the last day she was over there visiting.
"I pinched her cheek and told her I loved her. She said, 'Oh momma, I love you too.' Said I'm leaving, going home. If you need me, call me," said Angela Brooks.
That phone call would never come, but a knock on her door early the next morning would from detectives with earth-shattering news.
"That's a hurting feeling," Brooks said. "To receive news like that. That your baby, first-born, is taken away from you."
It was heartbreak for her mom. As it turns out, Angel 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 said.
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? The police may not know for sure, but her mom does.
"Her motherly instinct just kicked in," Brooks said.
Angel comes from a large family, and there are still a lot of broken hearts right now. All getting used to life without their angel.
"She was beautiful, inside and out," her mother said.
So now mom is hoping that the community will step up. Hoping that in time, she can tell her grandkids, 'Don't worry, those bad people who did this, can't hurt you now, they got 'em.'
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.