Crime

Mom Dies In Front Of Children In Road Rage Incident (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani

A road rage incident allegedly claimed the life of a Missouri mother right in front of her two young sons on Oct. 16.

Christopher Taylor, 39, shot and killed fellow driver 22-year-old Whitney Gray in Independence, Missouri,  while her 6-month-old and 3-year-old boys looked on, KTRK reports.

Gray's 16-year-old niece was also in the minivan at the time of the shooting.

"It's completely unacceptable, something like this that escalated from what we believe was some sort of road rage incident," Officer John Syme said.

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Taylor allegedly shot at the car after somebody in Gray's front seat threw a drink at his SUV, The Kansas City Star reports. Moments before, Gray's minivan had nearly crashed into the car after getting dangerously close.

Taylor fled the area, but police were able to catch him in a hotel in South Dakota and arrested him on second-degree murder charges.

“The Independence Police Department and our community deserve praise for working together to bring this suspect to justice,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said. “Our community has shown again it will not tolerate such senseless violence.”

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Ironically, a local news station had interviewed Gray about the shooting of a student only a month before.

"Normally my kids are out here playing, so we were kind of freaked out," Gray said at the time while explaining she was worried for her children after the shooting.

Many are outraged and saddened over the loss and the way Gray died.

"It's terrible," Gray's neighbor, Jeff Tucker, said. "It's all I can say is it's a terrible thing. You know, you can't even drive down the street without fear of being shot."

Friends and loved ones have since set up a GoFundMe account to help Gray's children.

Tara Rook, who calls herself "Whitney's friend, Aunt to her boys," says she is trying to raise $25,000 for the kids.

Four days after Gray died, the crowdfunding campaign had raised $7,500.

"I live on Sterling and saw this happen, heard the shots and listened to the crying babies powerless to do anything but pray," wrote Leah Brumbelow on the GoFundMe page. "I prayed for Whitneys life and was very saddened to learn that she had passed. Now I pray for strength and comfort for this family as they go through trying to come to grips with this senseless loss. This neighborhood is stunned by this."

Sources: KTRK, WDAFThe Kansas City Star, GoFundMe / Photo credit: GoFundMe, Social Media

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