WILSON (AP) — A pregnant U.S. Navy veteran was fatally shot in a North Carolina club during a Christmas event, authorities said.
Precious Vernetta Dyer was pronounced dead early Sunday morning at a music hall in Wilson, news outlets reported. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said the 29-year-old was an innocent patron and that there wasn’t evidence of her being involved in an altercation.
Her mother, Tijuana Locus, told WRAL-TV she saw on Facebook that there was a shooting at the event and began frantically messaging her daughter. The sheriff’s office later called to inform her that Dyer died. Locus said she believes her daughter was caught in the crossfire.
“It’s been terrible,” she said. “For me, I know that Christmas will never be the same.”
Dyer served in the Navy for seven years and was four months pregnant, according to the station. She planned to marry the father of her baby in January.
Due to the large number of people at the club, authorities and Dyer’s family are seeking help from the public to find out more information about the shooting.
“Someone knows who did it. Tell, call,” Locus said. “If it was your daughter ... you’d like to know who shot them, who took their life.”