Pregnant woman, mother of 7 children, shot dead in front of her family in Louisville | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A pregnant woman and mother who left Africa to escape violence is one of Louisville’s latest homicide victims.

Nyota Bawili, 39, was shot and killed on Sunday along with her unborn child.

“We are very saddened and very saddened,” said Rolend Butsitsi, who spoke on Tuesday on behalf of the bereaved family of Bawili, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We come from a country where there are guns and violence like war. And for some reason we thought the grass was greener on the other side. And for some reason we are came and we succumbed to the same thing that we as a community, as a people, endured in the Congo.

Bawili and her child were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, on Wabash Place, off Southside Drive.

“Mom and dad and a 13-year-old boy were watching TV around 2 a.m.,” Butsitsi said. “And all of a sudden they heard a gunshot. And then they looked around, and then his wife was on the ground with a bullet in her head.

“He is very saddened to have lost not only his wife but also his partner. She was not just his wife. She was his best friend.”

Bawili’s husband does not speak English but shared his grief through a relative and a translator.

“To see his wife dead in front of him and in front of their child is the most devastating thing he has ever experienced,” Butsitsi said.

Currently, Louisville Metro Police are investigating the case, but family members do not believe Bawili was the intended target.

“Knowing that they have no problem with anyone in the city, there are more questions to ask than answers to give,” Butsitsi said.

As the police search for suspects, Christopher 2X with Game Changers and mayoral candidate Anthony Oxendine help arrange the funeral. And despite this tragedy, the family members still believe in the American dream.

“We still have faith in this community, because the Louisville community is a very helpful community, and we need and want help finding whoever did this,” Butsitsi said.

If you have information about the shooting, you can call the Metro Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 574-LMPD.

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