Dr. Tamara O’Neal Killed In Mercy Hospital Shooting
Dr. Tamara O’Neal is being remembered in the wake of the tragic Mercy Hospital shooting.
O’Neal was gunned down Monday by her ex-fiance Juan Lopez who opened fire on her outside of the hospital where she worked. As previously reported O’Neal and Lopez were involved in a verbal altercation before Lopez opened fire on O’Neal and then on officers responding to the scene. Officer Samuel Jimenez was killed in the gunfire as well as a pharmacy resident coming off of an elevator identified as 25-year- old Dayna Less.
O’Neal is being remembered by friends and family as someone with a “heart of gold.”
“She’s one of the sweetest nieces that I have,” O’Neal’s aunt, Delores Davis said to NBC Chicago. “She was also dedicated to her church. O’Neal, an emergency room doctor at the hospital, was described as “a sweetheart” who “had a heart of gold.”
NewsOne is pointing out that the shooting shines a spotlight on the disproportionately higher rate that Black women die from domestic abuse. They add that black women have the highest death rate from domestic violence incidents, according to a 2017 report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
We previously reported that ex-Judge Lance Mason was arrested for allegedly stabbing to death his estranged wife Aisha Fraser Mason. He previously served 9-months in prison for assaulting her.
SMH, these cases are so sad. Our sincere condolences to the families of Dr. O’Neal and Aisha Fraser Mason.