BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A young woman who was shot while visiting her Baton Rouge family will never get to see her children grow up.
Police said Wykenda Brown, 21, was caught in the middle of a gun fight on Brady Street in her mother's front yard.
Wykenda's mother, Tina, is in agony. Her heart is broken over her daughter's death. Tina is trying to toughen up for the rest of her family, but what happened right outside of her front door on Tuesday afternoon is just too hard to grasp. She said two groups of guys started arguing. Minutes later her world changed forever.
"They got mad. It escalated on and they started shooting. I said, let's get the phone. I run in the house. My baby ran behind me, and now my baby gone," Tina Brown said.
Wykenda is the mother of 2-year-old Bradly and 8-month-old Brandon. Tina said they moved to North Carolina after their Baton Rouge home flooded in August. She said their recent trip home included a visit to the cemetery to visit her late mother and some quality mother-daughter time.
"We had something to eat and sat down to talk about how she was going home, and her and her baby daddy were going to get married and get ready to get their house at the beginning of the year," Brown said.
Those dreams vanished in the blink of an eye, but Tina is determined to see to it that her grandchildren are well taken care of and that the person who fired the bullet that killed her daughter pays the consequences.
Sgt. L'Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department said detectives have questioned several people, but they have not yet determined who was holding the gun that killed Wykenda.
"We have an idea of who was doing the shooting, but it's an ongoing investigation. We are looking at the bullets themselves to see which gun fired the bullet," McKneely said.
Meanwhile, Brown is calling on a higher power to help her heal.
"I'm just holding on. I don't know what else to do but just pray," Brown said.
Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Funeral arrangements for Wykenda Brown have been set for Tuesday, November 22 at Greater Bright Morning Star Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, located at 3891 Pocasset Street. A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.