Barkley was shot late on New Year's Day. Barkley, the mother of a 1-year-old, was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
"The whole time, the lady just kept saying 'Please don't let me die, please don't let me die, I got a baby on the way,'" said Nyla Garner, a clerk who tried to assist the victim. "So at the same time, we tried to apply pressure (to) stop the blood."
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“She didn’t deserve to be shot,” said Rosie Brooks, Barkley's mother. “She’s got a 1-year-old son. What am I gonna tell my grandbaby?”
“This just still feels so unreal. You see this all the time, but you never think that its going to hit your door, but it shows me nobody is exempt. Justice will be served for my daughter.”
A clerk said the victim was a daily customer and was there to purchase cigarettes.
The clerk said two suspects, one male and one female, pulled up to one of the gas pumps in a black sedan. The male suspect reportedly stole the victim's car, which was running and parked out front. An altercation happened between the female suspect and the victim.
When the clerk noticed the suspect walking backward, the clerk ran inside and urged the victim to come with her. That's when the shots were fired, the clerk said. The shooting was captured on video surveillance, the employee said.