NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The mother of a pregnant woman who was murdered Wednesday night in New Orleans East can barely stand the pain.
"Everything about my baby was good," Nicole Stewart said. "I still want her to walk through this door. I want her to use her key and just come home."
Nicole Stewart will never see her daughter, Breon, again. The 23-year-old was found shot multiple times inside a car along with her boyfriend, Lionel Delpit III, last night. Delpit was also shot several times. Both died on the scene.
Breon was nine months pregnant with Delpit's baby, and just one week away from delivering a little boy.
"Oh my baby, she was just this big. What could she do? She was so beautiful. They took my life away from me," Stewart said.
Police said tips are coming in, and they don't believe the shooting was random. They said at least one of the victims was targeted.
"It's a terrible crime. There's no good time for a homicide, but right before the holidays is just much worse," Seventh District Commander Doug Eckert said.
"She didn't deserve it. He didn't deserve it. My grand baby didn't deserve it," Stewart said.
Witnesses said they heard more than 20 shots fired into the car. Nicole Stewart said the couple lived together at the Wind Run Apartments on the I-10 Service Road, and were killed in the parking lot just after 10 p.m.
"I think it happened in front of their door. I don't know if they were trying to get out of the door," Stewart said.
Stewart said Breon was valedictorian of Carver High School and was about to graduate from Delgado in nursing.
Breon has a twin sister, and the two are described as inseparable. Both were pregnant at the same time. Her sister gave birth a few days ago to a little girl, and the family was waiting for Breon to deliver.
Stewart had a message for the killer.
"I do forgive you. I just want you to realize what you've done. You took away a family, my family," she said.
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.