Aiyonna Clarice Barrett, 18, was found dead in her car on Sunday at around 8 p.m. in a car parked on a dirt road in Southern Pines. The mother-to-be was carrying full term and the case is being investigated as a double-homicide.
A statement from Southern Pines police says investigators plan to get “justice not only for Aiyonna Clarice Barrett,” a resident of Sanford, “but for her full term unborn child as well.”
“Please draw comfort in knowing that the entire Southern Pines Police Department has pledged an unwavering commitment to the relentless pursuit of justice for all concerned,” Chief Temme said. “Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in faith and sympathy.”
Aiyonna’s mother, Ebony Gomez spoke with WRAL, who said her daughter was looking forward to meeting her little jelly bean.
“She was 18, but her maturity was just … she had it set up to where she’d be at her own place. She had a car. She was working. She’d enrolled in community college,” Gomez said. “They took what was supposed to be such a beautiful moment, a blessing to this family, and ripped it apart. My daughter didn’t just die. Her life was taken in a brutal way.”
Southern Pines police say “this incident does not appear to be a random act of violence.”