Homicide

Family demands answers after pregnant woman shot dead; baby named 'Miracle'

Parasha Beard in an undated photo.

Parasha Beard in an undated photo.  (Fox 32)

Relatives of a pregnant 19-year-old woman shot dead on the streets of Chicago over the weekend said they were determined to find her killer -- but they were thankful that doctors were able to save her miracle baby.

In fact, they named the child "Miracle."

Parasha Beard was sitting in a car with a friend of hers in South Chicago Sunday when somebody approached and shot both of them, Fox 32 reported. Beard's family said the gunman lived down the street and apparently got into some kind of argument with the woman and her friend beforehand.

Beard's child reportedly wasn't due until December. "Miracle, she's a miracle baby, she's doing good, she's breathing on her own," the woman's grandmother, Sylvia Jones-King, told the news station. The man who was in the car with Beard was in critical condition, WBBM reported.

Friends said they were working with police to track down the woman's killer.

Beard's mother, Crystal Jones, responded, "The only thing I'm asking for is just justice and peace right now. That's all I want."

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