Family of Mechanicsville shooting victim speak out

Family of Mechanicsville shooting victim: 'She didn't deserve what happened to her'

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"She just was in the wrong place at the right time, but really, she was at her home, she was at an innocent place, they was just out looking for revenge on the wrong people," said Berry. "She just was in the wrong place at the right time, but really, she was at her home, she was at an innocent place, they was just out looking for revenge on the wrong people," said Berry.
Uniqua Brown was killed in the front yard of her home on Nolan Avenue. She delivered twins earlier this week. Uniqua Brown was killed in the front yard of her home on Nolan Avenue. She delivered twins earlier this week.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A young Knoxville woman who was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday had just delivered twins earlier this week.

Uniqua Brown was killed in the front yard of her home on Nolan Avenue.   

Authorities are charging 22-year-old Lavonte Dominique Simmons and 24-year-old Shawn David O'Neill, both of Memphis, with first degree murder.  

Both men are being held on a $1,000,000 bond.  

Family members say the shooting was random, with apparent revenge being taken out on the wrong person. 

Brown, 21, leaves behind four children, including newborn twin girls.

"Uniqua wasn't perfect, but at the same time, she didn't deserve what happened to her, and her family doesn't deserve to have to go through this," said Linda Smedley, Brown's aunt.  

Brown was a 2009 graduate of Austin-East High school. She was described as a loyal, yet fun-loving person.

"She was a very outspoken person and loud, likes to have a good time, and very silly," said Tina Berry, Brown's aunt.

Brown was described by family members as a devoted mother to her children.

The shooting happened after sBrown returned home from taking her twins to a doctor's office. Her boyfriend was also home at the time.

"If they were a second too late taking the twins in the car, all of them would have been caught in crossfire," said Kendra Porter, Brown's cousin.

Although Knoxville Police investigators have yet to determine the motive for the shooting, the family believes the two suspects were looking for revenge over a robbery.

"She just was in the wrong place at the right time, but really, she was at her home, she was at an innocent place, they was just out looking for revenge on the wrong people," said Berry.  

Brown's four children will be without a mother, and Kadiza Brown will be without her older sister.

"They took my only sister away. I have no other sister, she was the only one I got, and I don't get another one. I would give anything back to tell her back," said Kadiza Brown.

The family is relieved the 10-day twin girls were unharmed. The babies were not due until mid-July, but complications forced Brown to give birth prematurely. 

Funeral arrangements for Uniqua Brown are still being worked out. 

The family will hold a vigil Sunday night in front of her Nolan Avenue home where the shooting happened.

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