Young mother shot and killed in the Bronx

May 31, 2011 3:43:19 AM PDT
Police in the Bronx are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a young mother with her child at her side.

"I don't know anybody in the world that would want to hurt this girl," her husband, Juba Lassiter, said.

Claudia Millan , 29, was walking with her 2-year-old son, Jamir, on Park Avenue Sunday night.

Around 9:30, she stopped to talk to her neighbor, Michael. A half-hour later, he heard a gunshot and ran outside to see what happened.

He said she was on the ground, shot in the face.

"After I heard the shot, I cam over here and I seen the little kid bleeding over his mother," Michael Escobar said. "He was down on his knees with her, trying to hold her."

The father of two of their young children said he is physically ill over what happened.

Lassiter said he and Claudia were married seven years. He was visiting Pennsylvania with his sister when the shooting happened.

"He loves his mom. They all love their mom. Before anything comes their mom. Now, what am I supposed to tell them?" he said.

"Jamir does reenact what happened. He does put something to his face exactly where his mother's wounds was, because I did go to the morgue to see her. He keeps asking for her. He is really devastated right now," Clarissa Lawson, the victim's sister-in-law, said.

Lighting candles and filled with grief, family members and friends are trying to comprehend that she is gone and that someone would do this.

"That's how they live life. By doing wrong and by hurting people and by taking people away from their family because they have nothing to live for," Lassiter said.