Nineteen-year-old Kera Teel was driving home with her mother from a doctor’s appointment in Galveston, Texas, on June 6 when she noticed a black Cadillac circling the entrance of her apartment complex.

According to 10 News, after Teel parked her vehicle a man in a black mask came to the window. Her mother, Mindy Morris, was sitting in the passenger seat.

They tried to lock the doors, but the locks never engaged. Morris told 10 News that the man pointed a gun at her daughter’s head:

“She kept saying no, please, please don’t, no. And I jerked her back and he opened the door and shot at her twice […] I held her in my arms I said Kera, Kera please baby.”

She watched helplessly as her daughter was shot in front of her, then she fled the vehicle as the man continued to shoot after her.

Posted by Kera Teel on Sunday, November 27, 2016

Morris said she never heard him ask for money or demand anything:

“If they wanted anything I would have given it to them, except my baby.”

Beaumont Police Department was called to the scene around 1:50 a.m. Teel was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Press Conference ReleaseThis morning, at about 1:50 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to a shots fired call at the…

Posted by Beaumont Police on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Teel was seven months pregnant at the time.

Doctors at the hospital tried desperately to save mom and baby. But, sadly, both she and baby Kyndal were pronounced dead.

Her husband, Andrew Teel, was devastated to lose the mother of his one-year-old daughter and his unborn child.

Posted by The Beaumont Enterprise on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

He told KFDM that he held his wife and daughter as they took their last breaths:

“My wife died in my arms. I don’t know if any of you have experienced anything like that, but I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy […] Kera wasn’t just my wife, she was my best friend, the mother of my children. She was just the greatest person to be around, so full of life … taken way too young.”

The heartbroken husband also begged members of the public to come forward with information:

“There’s 118,000 people in Beaumont. Someone knows something. Please help me find justice for my wife. Please.”

Police officers vowed to work around the clock to find the people responsible.

Members of the community put together a reward fund for people to come forward with more information. It was up to $21,000 on June 7.

Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers has received several donations from businesses and private individuals to add to the…

Posted by Beaumont Police on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

According to the Beaumont Enterprise, after further investigations, it was determined that three men were present at the scene of the crime. There were three other robberies involving guns in similar situations that took place in the same timeframe.

On June 13, investigators received a tip about 17-year-old Atayanna Douglas who was believed to have been involved in the robberies.

According to the police affidavit, after interviewing Douglas, police were able to identify three other people involved as well as the shooter.

Woman Arrested for Several Aggravated Robberies linked to Capital Murder CaseBeaumont Police have a woman in custody…

Posted by Beaumont Police on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A capital murder arrest warrant was issued for 22-year-old Jared Javon Bias.

He turned himself into police on June 14 for a previous charge of hindering apprehension.

Beaumont Police served a Capital Murder warrant on Jared Javon Bias, (AKA Bulldog), a 22 year old Beaumont resident. …

Posted by Beaumont Police on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

According to CBS 19, Bias is currently being charged with capital murder and is held on $1 million bail.

Douglas is being charged with three counts of aggravated robbery. Her bail is set at $1.5 million. Her lawyer told KFDM that his client feels sorry for her actions and is doing her best to be cooperative. He also believes the robberies were gang related.

The police department wrote in their press release that they expect the arrests to continue.

GoFundMe

On the GoFundMe page being used to raise money for the funeral arrangements, family friend Dwight Carter wrote an update immediately after the arrest:

One arrest has been made and I am grateful for the family.

According to data released by the FBI in September 2016, there were 15,696 homicides reported in the U.S. in 2015, which is the highest it’s been in six years.

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