By Dave Andrusko
When dispatchers at 911 received a call last Saturday night from Kimberly Dianne Richardson of Youngsville, North Carolina, they could barely make out what the 25-year-old woman was saying.
“Help, I’ve been shot” Richardson said over the phone before it went silent. As she struggled for breath, according to WNCN-TV,
She was able to tell the dispatcher that she was outside, but what followed was nearly 43 second of chilling silence before she could muster enough energy to again tell the dispatcher, “Behind Party City.”
The conversation ended after Richardson responded “I can’t…I can’t talk” after being ask for her phone number.
The dispatcher tried unsuccessful to get her back on the line. Police sirens were the next thing heard over the phone.
When Raleigh police arrived, they discovered that Richardson had not only been shot, but that she was also six months pregnant. She was rushed to WakeMed where doctors performed an emergency C-Section to save her daughter’s life.
Fortunately, her child, already named Lacy, is reportedly “alive and well.” Tragically Richardson died from her injuries Sunday morning.
Authorities immediately suspected her boyfriend, Daniel Joseph Steele, 25, of the deadly shooting when they discovered that Richardson had said, “He shot me” during the 911 call. He was charged with Richardson’s murder and is being held without bond.
Maria Babar, who described herself as a friend of the couple, told WNCN that Richardson “was a real sweetheart. She was a good soul. She had good intentions. She would never do anything bad to anybody.”
Babar added, “I would never expect for him to do something like that to her because they were having a kid and it’s just mind-blowing and it’s definitely out of the blue.”