Suspect ID'd in death of pregnant East Knoxville woman

Suspect ID'd in death of pregnant East Knoxville woman

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Marcia Crider, 19, of Knoxville, was sitting with her mother in a car on Porter Avenue just before 11 a.m. when a person confronted them. Marcia Crider, 19, of Knoxville, was sitting with her mother in a car on Porter Avenue just before 11 a.m. when a person confronted them.
Marcia Crider (Source: Facebook) Marcia Crider (Source: Facebook)
Brandon Scott Donaldson (source: Knoxville Police Department) Brandon Scott Donaldson (source: Knoxville Police Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A woman shot Wednesday morning in East Knoxville has died. Knoxville police say she was 13 weeks pregnant.

Marcia Crider, 19, of Knoxville, was sitting with her mother in a car on Porter Avenue just before 11 a.m. when a person confronted them.

Crider was shot during an argument. Police say the argument appears to be a domestic dispute.

Crider's mother drove her from Porter Avenue to the Amvets store on Holston Drive, several blocks away. That's where she called 911.

Crider died Wednesday afternoon at UT Medical Center.

The suspect in the shooting has been identified as Brandon Scott Donaldson, 22.

Police have issued warrants for Donaldson on charges of second-degree murder for Crider's death and attempted second degree murder for shooting at her mother.

Donaldson is being considered armed and dangerous.

He is about 6' tall, 180 lbs, with brown eyes, short black hair, a goatee, and a tattoo on both his left and right forearms.

Bond on the charges has been set at $750,000.

Knoxville police searched a street near the shooting on Thursday, looking for Donaldson.

"We tried to stop him and he took off running," said Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

Guns drawn, police searched homes and the wooded area of Catalpa Avenue, but were not successful in finding the suspect.

"We're going to continue following the leads," DeBusk said. "We've had multiple individuals that's provided some leads on the individual and we're going to keep looking for him and we will find him."

A witness to the search hopes someone comes forward with information.

"We have a few shootings around here," said neighbor Kenneth Jenkins. "It's just bad, we just have to pull together as a community, somebody knows this guy. Turn him in."

Crider's foster mom remembers her as a young woman who was getting her life back on track. 

"She was the type of child that would light up your world," Christy Coker told 6 News in a phone interview.

Crider lived with the Cokers in 2008 but even after she went back to live with her birth mom, she stayed in touch with her foster parents.

"I just talked to her about three days ago," Coker said.

When she heard the news of Marcia's death she was in shock.

"I was very shocked, Marcia was getting on with her life. That was something Marcia was saying the other day she was never going to let a man get her down," she said.

Friends of the victim tell 6 News Donaldson and the victim were dating, but Coker said he wasn't the father of her child.

Friends describe the victim as a girl who was full of life and said they're just trying to understand why this happened.

"It saddens me to know she's gone, because she was really like a big sister to me," said friend Briasha Williams.

She says Crider would have made an amazing mom.  

"She was a very loving person," she said. "She didn't want to hurt anybody."

Williams says there are a lot of rumors about what exactly happened, but she says she is still in disbelief that Marcia is gone.

"It shouldn't have even happened like this. If it was words exchanged, its not worth somebody's life," Williams said.

She hopes they will catch the shooter soon, but for now she just wishes she could say goodbye to her friend.
 
"I wish I could tell her I love her."

6 News Anchor/Reporter JILL MCNEAL and Reporter ALEXIS ZOTOS contributed to this report.

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