Published on September 13th, 2014 | by PEM0
Mom shot on west end porch with baby in arms talks about loss of 16-month-old daughter
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Less than a month after her 16-month-old daughter was murdered, a Louisville mother spoke out about the ordeal.
Cierra Miller Twyman and her daughter, 16-month-old Ne’Riah Miller, were were both shot Aug. 27 while on the front porch of a home in the 100 block of S. 37th Street, when someone opened fire, killing Ne’riah and seriously injuring Miller Twyman, who was hospitalized for weeks.
Police have arrested three suspects in the shooting — Trey Anderson, Michael Dunn and William Mclemore.
Mclemore is charged with complicity to murder, complicity assault and complicity wanton endangerment; Anderson and Dunn are both charged with murder, attempted murder and wanton endangerment.
Miller says she does not know the three suspects, even though they attended the same high school.
On Friday, Miller-Twyman recalled what happened when she and Ne’Riah were gunned down.
“I remember laying on the porch with my baby in my hands,” Miller said. “I couldn’t hear nothing, my vision was blurred.”
“That’s a pain that you’re never going to get over,” said William Miller, Ne’Riah’s father. “She’s part of our lives — part of us.”
Community activist Christopher 2X told reporters the family doesn’t believe the shooter is in custody, despite three recent arrests in connection with the case.
“We don’t believe that based on the charges right now,” he said. “No, we don’t believe it. We believe the shooter is still out there, but are there complicity issues? Absolutely. That’s the way we feel, and that’s the way they told me they feel.”
With the hope that Ne’Riah’s death might prevent senseless violence, she will become the face of “Let the Kids Grow” — a non-profit organization that has partnered with rapper Master P.
The organization uses athletics, education and leadership advocacy with the goal of saving lives and lowering the minority incarceration in urban pockets. One of the family’s first stops will be in Ferguson, Missouri, after a month of protests and tension with police there after an officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old.
Miller Twyman, who was shot in the abdomen, is out of the hospital but still recovering. She told WDRB that this campaign turns her rage over her daughter’s senseless murder into purpose.
“It means a lot,” Miller Twyman said. “Words can’t explain how much it means to me that somebody’s taking their time out to help me.”
“Ne’Riah was a loving caring, beautiful, outgoing smart baby girl,” she added.