Kimberly Jones-Mbuyi said she watched in horror as her daughter and husband were shot in front of her on Nov. 15.
The shooting took place inside Jones-Mbuyi’s home on Vanna Court as the three of them hid in a bedroom. When the smoke cleared, she realized both her husband and daughter had been wounded. Her husband was shot three times and was in and out of the hospital in the days that followed, but has since returned home.
Michaela Carter was shot twice, leaving her in critical condition for a week. She died on Nov. 22, just one day shy of her 25th birthday.
“She was the family’s anchor,” her mother said. “She was beautiful inside and out.”
Jones-Mbuyi said her husband, Mbuyi Shibangu, who is Carter’s stepfather, was a second father to her daughter and had been in her life since she was two. And while he is recovering from his injuries, his wife said he’s also traumatized and shattered by the loss.
“He took those three bullets for her, catching one of them with his hands,” she said.
The family still gathered for Thanksgiving in Nashville, Jones-Mbuyi said, trying to find things to celebrate as they mourn. They set up a “memory wall” full of photos of her daughter and prayed together, leaning on each other for comfort.
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SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean, Rachel Wegner