BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A knock at a door in April of 2015 was a herald of death for 29-year-old Brittney Mills. She was pregnant with her second child, and after answering the door, was gunned down by the person outside. Her 8-year-old daughter heard the whole thing, but that would be the last anyone would hear of the shooter.
"It almost makes you leery of trusting people because you just never know. It could be anybody. We have no idea who it is. It's a painful feeling to have," said Mills' sister, Dr. Tia Mills.
It's been three years since the Mills family buried Brittney and her baby boy, and plenty of questions remain. The case first gained national attention partly because a cell phone was left behind at the scene and partly because a prominent LSU football player eligible for the draft was questioned by police. The player knew the victim but was never officially considered a suspect in the shooting, nor did he ever face any charges.
While sports networks focused on the player, investigators focused on the phone, believing it could hold important clues. Unfortunately, it was password protected. District Attorney Hillar Moore fought with the manufacturer for two years to gain access. He said it was a frustrating delay that ended only when a private company helped get investigators get inside the phone. While Moore can't reveal exactly what they found, he did say the key to solving this case still lies with the public.
"I believe that we need some further information to go forward. I know that somebody has information. I suspect more than one person has information," said Moore.
That's information that Mills' family has waited for with a painful patience, living three years with a wound that can't heal.
"I know Baton Rouge has had a lot of things going on, a lot of tragedies, a lot of incidents, murders have taken place and what not, but we're still here," said Mills' mother, Barbara Mills.
If you can help in this case, or have any credible information to share, call Crime Stoppers to report an anonymous tip at 225-344-7867.