Boy witnesses mother's killing on Mother's Day

Boy witnesses mother's murder on Mother's Day

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman was shot and killed outside an apartment complex in southern Louisville early Sunday morning, on Mother's Day, as her 8-year-old son watched.

Police say 27-year-old Angelina Pressley was shot around 2:50 a.m. Sunday at Cooper Creek Village Apartments off of Preston Highway.

When Brandy Gregory heard the shots, she got out of bed and went to help.

"I ran straight to her to see if I could feel her pulse because no one else was around except for her husband and her little boy," Gregory said.

Pressley's son, police say, witnessed the shooting.

"He was hysterical just screaming, 'Mommy don't die! Mommy don't die! Mommy don't die!' and I was trying to calm him down," Gregory said.

Pressley died at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds to the body, according to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Eddie Robinson.

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Lt. Todd Kessinger heads the Louisville Metro Police Department's homicide unit and said police interviewed the boy, but aren't ready to release a suspect description.

"He told us that the thing the he loved more than anything in the world was spending time with his mother," Kessinger said. "He was exceptionally excited for today because he had bought her a necklace."

While police continue to search for more witnesses, Kessinger said he hopes the emotional story will bring people forward.

"Anybody out there who has information and hears that story, how can they not call or come forward," Kessinger said.

Pressley lived at the complex and Gregory saw her occasionally but didn't know her well. Now, she can't forget her.

"Knowing that it was right before Mother's Day, and he lost his mom...that could've easily have been me and my boyfriend and my daughter," Gregory said.

Pressley was pronounced dead before she could be taken to the hospital.

No further information has been released due to the pending investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Louisville Metro Police Department's Anonymous Tipline at 574-LMPD.

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