JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City Police Department officers confirmed to News Channel 11 Thursday that the 22-year-old mother who was shot in front of her 6-month-old child Monday night on John Exum Parkway was pregnant.
According to a police, homicide victim Rebekah Thompson was 7 to 8 weeks pregnant when she was shot in the face by a man while sitting in her car Monday around 9:30 p.m.
Thompson later died from her injuries at Johnson City Medical Center.
News Channel 11’s Elizabeth Kuebel spoke to someone remembering Rebekah Thompson, who also went by the name Stacy Magee, as a young mom committed to turning her life around.
“It’s still just kind of a shock to think that something so violent would happen to such a sweet person,” said Stacy Larsen, executive director of The River, a day center for women.
Larsen described Thompson as a loving, caring mother who wanted the best for her baby.
“She loved to talk about her daughter. She was a very sweet mother,” Larsen said.
Police revealed late Thursday afternoon, when Thompson was shot and killed Monday night, she was pregnant. But her killer is still on the loose.
When we asked police if they are honing in on a suspect, Lt. Kevin Peters said, “We’re hoping, we do have some information that we can’t release at this time. We’re hoping that it is drawing us closer, but right now we still need the public’s help.”
Meanwhile, Larsen is remembering the last time Thompson walked through her doors, now knowing she never will again.
“We talked about how much we missed having fresh seafood living in Mississippi and along the coast,” Larsen said. “I just pray she didn’t see it coming. I pray she didn’t know that that was happening. I can’t imagine if she did the fear knowing her baby is right there.”
Larsen is urging police to find the person responsible.
“I really see her as just being innocent. I can’t think of anything, the Stacy that I knew didn’t do anything that deserved to be killed,” Larsen said.
Police say right now they still don’t know who killed Rebekah Thompson, but they told us the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
Investigators said they will work with the district attorney’s office to determine charges in the case.
Police said it is believed that the suspect immediately left the scene in a black vehicle. He was wearing a red and black hoodie, according to witnesses, and was last seen in a black vehicle with dark tinted windows.
Anyone with information is asked to call JCPD’s Criminal Investigation’s Division at 423-434-6166 or call Crime Stoppers at 423-434-6158.
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