OPA-LOCKA (CBSMiami) — Grieving loved ones gathered Tuesday at a Miami Gardens home, saying they are trying to understand why a 33-year-old pregnant mother was gunned down and why her 13-year-old daughter was wounded as they both sat in a car in Opa-Locka on Monday night.
“For this to happen to her is horrible,” said Lorraine Stukes, the younger sister of Quantia Curry-Golden, who was 3 months pregnant and who had just renewed her vows with her husband.
Stukes told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench as she fought back tears, “My sister would have given you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She would have given you her heart if you needed it. Now I don’t have anyone to fuss with. I don’t have anyone to fight with. I don’t have anybody to just hug me when something goes wrong.”
“For this to happen to her is heartbreaking and I can’t really deal with what happened because it hurts so much. It just hurts so much,” she said.
The incident happened just before 7 p.m. Monday outside a home at 2556 Superior Street not far from N.W. 27TH Ave. and Opa-Locka Boulevard.
Stukes said her family had experienced tragedy before.
She said on May 4,2011, her 20-year-old brother Donald Jones was killed in a drive-by shooting in Miami-Dade. She said that murder has not been solved.
“I had a brother and now I lost a sister,” she said. “And this hurts.”
She said she had counted on her sister.
“Imagine if you had a big sister who was someone who you depended on your whole life? How would that make you feel? And then someone takes that person away from you for something so stupid,” she said.
“Why use guns?” She asked. “We don’t have to kill someone to get a point across. You have to come forward. If that was your sister you would want someone to come forward. If that was your brother you would want someone to come forward. I just need someone to tell me or the police. I need to know what happened to my sister.”
“It’s just terrible sad and senseless,” said Gladiest Barnes, the mother of Curry-Golden. Barnes has now lost 2 children to gun violence since 2011.
“I lost my baby 7 years ago and that case has not been solved,” she said. “We don’t know who shot him. I just need someone to come forward and tell us what happened. Please come forward.”
“I’m sorry,” she said as she wept.
Outside her home in Miami Gardens, there were some tender moments.
13-year-old C’Lexus Richardson wept uncontrollably as a loved one embraced her. The youngster who was wounded in the right shoulder had come home with her right arm in a sling.
“She’s still in shock,” said Stukes. “Imagine being in a car and seeing your mother get shot.”
Bridgett Jenkins, the cousin of Curry-Golden said, “I’m going to miss her. I loved her and she didn’t deserve this. Anyone who knows anything should come forward. Whoever did this hurt but we as a family will get through this.”
Miami-Dade Police could not say who was being targetted. The daughter was visiting her best friend. Her house was also hit by bullets.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said police were looking for “two male subjects.” There was no description to release of them.
Anyone with information should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477). There is a reward of up to $3,000.
The family has also set up a Go Fund Me page to help with funeral costs.