NEW ORLEANS -- There is another sad roadside memorial set up in New Orleans. This one, at Sullen Place and General Meyer Avenue in Algiers, marking the spot where a young pregnant woman lost her life.
According to police, Wednesday around 8:45 p.m., the victim was struck by gunshots and run over by a vehicle.
Friends of the victim identified her as Raven Veal, 22, from Algiers. They said Veal and her unborn baby's father were arguing in the car.
A family member said he tossed Veal's 3-year-old girl out of the vehicle and when Veal went to check on the child, the suspect hit Veal with the vehicle, rolled over her a second time, then shot her 4 to 5 times.
Police said the child was treated for minor injuries related to the incident.
"All I saw was the little car speeding off that way," a man who did not want to be identified said. The man added Veal died in the driveway of the house next door.
"If you can't get along, get on," he said. "You go one way, let her go another way. You ain't got to beat her up or run over her or nothing like that, shoot her."
Neighbor Keith Robert said the woman pleaded for her life.
"There was loud pleas of help from her that started maybe over there and kept getting stronger, stronger," Robert said.
Judging from the blood splatter on the street, it appears the fatal confrontation started closer to Patterson, which is the levee road and ended up about a half a block away, near Sullen and General Meyer.
Algiers neighbor Labaron Simmons said he put stuffed animals at the scene to make sure people know this is where an innocent woman died.
"Everybody needs to pray for her family and hope that things get better in this world," Simmons said. "I was just thinking that we need to stop the violence. It's senseless."
Police report they recovered the vehicle used to run-down Veal. They have not identified the suspect in this case.
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