According to authorities and the woman’s ex-husband, a Texas mother was shot and killed while visiting her son’s grave on his birthday.
Yolanda N’Gaojia was tragically shot Tuesday about 5 p.m. local time at the Calvary Baptist Church Garden of Memories Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, according to a news release from the Killeen Police Department.
A second victim sustained injuries as a result of the incident. According to officials, the individual sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released at the site. Their identities have not been revealed.
Yolanda’s ex-husband, Kineh N’Gaojia, told KWTX that she was visiting their son Amir’s grave on what would have been his 22nd birthday.
Amir died earlier this year on New Year’s Day, according to an online obituary. He was one of three children shared by Yolanda, 52, and Kineh, according to KWTX.
Yolanda N’Gaojia; Kineh N’Gaojia
“I’m at a loss for words because I can’t believe this is true,” Kineh stated in a Facebook post. “This is the type of thing you see in movies, but it has become our way of life.”
“I’m still in shock that you’ve left, Yolanda N’Gaojia,” he continued. “How are you going to murder her on the anniversary of her son’s death at his gravesite???”
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“My children will never be the same again,” Kineh said with a photograph of Yolanda and Amir in another Facebook post.
He added in a subsequent post: “Those bullets took a priceless gem from us, but they also gave us an Amazing Angel to guide us, so you can rest assured that we’re not going anywhere but up, since we know how hard you rode for your family. We appreciate your contribution to our lives and will miss you Soldier. WE VALUE YOU.”
Yolanda’s death is under investigation, and the Killeen Police Department is requesting that anybody with information regarding the event call Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477).