NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Nedra Wright says she feels numb right now. Her daughter, 19-year-old Jasilas, was found dead on the side of the interstate in Metairie.
"I don't know how to feel. I don't know how to feel right now," Wright said.
Wright did not get a chance to say a proper goodbye to her daughter. She saw the teenager for the last time Tuesday morning at her home in Hollygrove.
She was getting ready to go to her job as a waitress in the French Quarter.
"She was working at Stilettos. It's a strip club in the French quarter, but they also have waitresses," Wright said.
Her body was found early Wednesday morning on the interstate in Metairie.
"I got a phone call from the state trooper. They asked that I come to 1415 Poydras Street," Wright said, choking back tears. "They showed me a picture of her ID. I never got to see her. They just showed the ID."
Jasilas had a nine month old baby boy. Family members say she wanted to provide for him.
"That's why she took that job. She felt she wanted to be independent and take care of her own child," Wright said.
Domonyan Cooper was Jasilas' best friend. They were on the dance team together at Cohen High School.
"She wasn't a bad person. She gave to everybody. She never left anybody
hanging," Cooper said.
Jasilas transferred to Mcdonogh 35 her senior year. Monique Ross was a close friend. She and Jasilas hung out together at the prom.
"I kept telling myself she's going to call and tell me she alright," Ross said. "I called on my phone and I'm telling myself she's okay, she's alright."
Finding out how the young mother died may be the only answer that soothes the pain for friends and family.
Investigators said Jasilas died from blunt force trauma to the head, but the circumstances surrounding her death remain a mystery.