Pregnant mother killed, daughter injured in Opa-locka shooting

OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) - A pregnant woman was shot and killed in front of her 13-year-daughter, who was also injured, when gunfire broke out in an Opa-locka neighborhood.

Thirty-three-year-old Quantia Curry Golden and her 13-year-old daughter, C’Lexus Richardson, were shot as they sat in a car along Superior Street, at around 7:30 p.m., Monday.

Golden was pronounced dead at the scene. She was three months pregnant at the time.

Miami-Dade Police said at least two people walked up to their family car and began to shoot.

Richardson was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital for life-saving surgery after suffering a gunshot wound to the shoulder. She has since been released and is now at home recovering.

“She’s really shaken up. She witnessed everything,” said Gladiest Barnes, Golden’s mother and Richardson’s grandmother. “She was in the car. She witnessed her mother get killed ’cause her mother died right there in the car.”

Golden’s sister, Lorraine Stukes said she lost her best friend.

“She was everything to me,” Stukes said. “For this to happen to her, it’s horrible. She would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She would give you her heart if you needed it, so for it to happen to her? It’s heartbreaking right now.”

Barnes said this is the second child she has lost to gun violence.

Her 20-year-old son Donald Jones was killed back in May 2011 in Miami.

The family is now making a painful plea for witnesses to come forward. “Please, if you guys know something, names, cars, just anything, it will be a great help to me and my family,” Barnes said. “Right now, we are in pain. I am so sorry. We are in pain.”

As Opa-locka Police and Miami-Dade Police work to determine a motive, Barnes is now planning another funeral.

“Quantia did not deserve this,” said the victim’s cousin Bridgette Jenkins. “Quantia was a wonderful person.”

The family is desperate for answers.

If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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