A pregnant woman was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend outside her home after she answered the door and the man shot her. Sade Dixon, 24, was three months pregnant, according to local media reports.
Dixon, who left behind two young children, was at her Orlando area home Tuesday night when the man banged on the door at about 9:15 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. Her 26-year-old brother, Ronald Steward, was also shot when he tried to save his sister from the attack. He was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries.
The gunman was identified by police as Markeith Loyd, 41, Dixon's ex-boyfriend. He fled after the shooting and was considered armed and dangerous. He has been arrested 20 times since 1994, including for first-degree battery and for open carrying of weapons, according to Orange County, Florida, court records.
Other family members, including the victim's children and parents, were home at the time of the shooting.
“I don't even know where to go. Right now I'm just numb,” said Dixon’s mother, Stephanie Dixon-Daniels. She said her son naturally intervened to protect his sister.
"He's always there for his siblings, always," said Dixon-Daniels, adding of her daughter, “She was a phenomenal woman. She did everything she possibly could for her children.”
The victim's father, Ron Daniels, said he wanted the violence to stop. "We don't want nobody retaliating, keeping it real for the 'hood', because the 'hood' ain't bringing my child back," he said.
He said his daughter recently received her real estate license. She also had a small business selling hair products.
"She had goals," said Daniels. "Once she set her mind to it, she had her way to go get it."Daniels said his daughter was a "fantastic, phenomenal, awesome, one-of-a-kind" mother."She was upbeat, outgoing and fun," he said. "She was just a joyous person."