Man Kills Girlfriend On Easter While Holding Their Child
A Minnesota man is currently in police custody after authorities say he shot his girlfriend in the face at point blank range while holding their 3-month-old in his arms.
The man who shot Samirria White at point-blank range took her life while holding the most precious part of it — their 3-month-old daughter, prosecutors alleged Monday.
The slaying happened early Easter Sunday, while White’s younger brothers and others were in her St. Paul apartment. The 19-year-old had been excited to dress up her daughter and cook for her family for the holiday.
Now, Samirria White’s 16- and 17-year-old brothers are “living through this, they’re trying to figure out, ‘Why did you hurt my sister?’ ” Shanta White said of her children. “I have no answers.”
White was a go-getter and big dreamer, and that included wanting to build a family with Dimitri Harrell, 21, whom she’d had a relationship with for about three years, her mother said.
Harrell told police that his infidelity to White caused trust issues in their relationship, the criminal complaint said.
He reported that White had been shot when his gun accidentally went off, though the Ramsey County attorney’s office charged Harrell with second-degree intentional murder.
There was “an unusually large amount of gunshot residue surrounding the bullet’s entrance wound, indicating Harrell fired the gun within just a few inches” of White’s face, the criminal complaint said.
A woman who sought a protective order against Harrell last year indicated she was pregnant with his baby when he assaulted her last April, according to her affidavit.
Samirria White told her mother days before she was killed that Harrell had bought a gun because someone he knew had threatened to kill him, Shanta White said.
But Samirria White said “she wanted no part of it in her house,” her mother said.
Harrell told police he had stored the handgun under the baby’s mattress, the complaint said.