The family of a woman 30 weeks pregnant who was fatally shot wants the suspect to know he’s hurt many people.
Travis Hypes, 24, is charged with felonious assault in the Springfield shooting of Lindsey Marsh of Mechanicsburg. He pleaded not guilty to the charge Monday morning, and his bond was set at $750,000.
Hypes was arrested Thursday night as Marsh was fighting for her life at Miami View Hospital, and now that she’s died, his charge is expected to be upgraded. The baby was successfully delivered by c-section before Marsh died, a police affidavit said.
Marsh’s grandmother, Sandra Marsh, said Monday at court that Hypes should know the family is hurting.
“I just want him to know that he has caused a lot of devastation to a lot of lives, and now his daughter is not going to have a mother,” Sandra Marsh said.
Lindsey Marsh was a loving, kind person who was looking forward to being a mother, Sandra Marsh said.
“She loved helping people,” she said. “She was so looking forward to her baby. We had spent the week washing diapers.”
Lindsey Marsh was caring and wanted to a make a difference, her grandmother said.
“She was strong willed, very strong willed,” she said. “She thought she could save the world one person at a time, even him.”
An affidavit written by Springfield police says Hypes told authorities that the two were in a pushing match when he brandished the gun. Hypes said the gun went off accidentally, and he didn’t mean to shoot her, according to the affidavit.
But Lindsey Marsh’s family doesn’t believe the story. They say she wouldn’t have gotten into a pushing fight with Hypes.
“There’s no way she pushed him,” Sandra Marsh said. “No way. They yelled a lot, but they never touched each other in anger, and she was too protective of that baby to ever do anything.
“For her to see a gun pointed at her and to push him, no. There’s no way in hell.”
Hypes can say it was an accident, Sandra Marsh said, but he was the one who pulled the gun.
“If he had a gun and he pulled it on her, there is only one reason you do that,” she said. “He can say what he wants, but it was no accident.”
Her family says Lindsey Marsh and Travis Hypes had broken up at the time of the killing. They contend Lindsey Marsh was at Travis Hypes’ sister’s home to discuss how he could be a part of the child’s life when Hypes showed up and started a fight.
“She felt he was the father and he had the right to be a part of the baby’s life, but not as them being together,” Sandra Marsh said.
Now instead of working together to raise their daughter, Sandra Marsh said, their daughter will likely not have biological parents looking out after her.
A vigil was held Sunday night in remembrance of Lindsey Marsh.
Family and friends gathered with candles and photos in memory of the woman they said taught them to be strong.
“I think everybody’s just been keeping it together for her because she was the backbone. She was the strong one out of everybody,” one of her friends said.
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