Mother Fatally Shot While Visiting Her Son's Grave: Police

A mother in Killeen, Texas, was shot dead while she visited her son's grave, according to police.

Yolanda N'Gaojia, 52, was visiting her son Amir's gravesite at the Calvary Baptist Church Garden of Memories Cemetery when the shooting happened at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

She had been visiting Amir's grave on what would have been his 22nd birthday. Amir was himself killed in a shooting on New Year's Day 2022, according to CBS affiliate KWTX-TV.

Her ex-husband, Kineh N'Gaojia confirmed the woman who was fatally shot was his former partner, the outlet reported.

Newsweek also found numerous posts on Facebook where uploaders paid tribute to Yolanda.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., more than 418 people in Texas had been shot dead since January 1, this year.

The Killeen Police Department (KPD) said its officers were dispatched to the church at about 5:03 p.m. and found two victims with gunshot wounds.

Its post read: "One victim, a 52-year-old female, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 6:56 p.m.

"He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The name of the victim has been withheld pending notification of next of kin."

A second victim received non-life-threatening injuries and was later treated and released at the scene, the police said. Police said Yolanda's killing was the ninth murder in the city.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at It added people could also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip. All information is confidential and anonymous.

People whose tips lead to an arrest could make them eligible to receive a reward of $1,000 in cash.

Newsweek has contacted the KPD for comment.

In November, a mother was shot dead near the memorial for her teenage son who was himself fatally gunned down.

Delisa Tucker had planned to visit her son Kevin Tinker's memorial when she was shot dead in the Roseland area of Chicago.

She was shot in the chest and died on the sidewalk, close to the memorial and was later found by officers, according to Fox 32.

Kevin Tucker died after being shot several times while he was stood at the same sidewalk. He had been standing in front of a home that had been targeted earlier that day, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told Fox 32.

A family friend organized a GoFundMe page in order to cover burial and funeral costs.

The Gun Violence Archive found that 104 people aged 18 and under were fatally gunned down in Chicago between January 1 to November 24, 2021.

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Stock image of a police car. The mother was shot dead near her son's grave. Getty

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