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Vigil held for pregnant woman police say was killed by boyfriend

Published: Jul. 18, 2021 at 9:30 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A vigil was held Sunday in memory of a pregnant woman who police say was killed by her boyfriend in West Price Hill.

Cincinnati police say Michelle McDonald was shot and killed by Antonio Wilcox Friday afternoon. Her baby died Saturday.

Family members say they are still in denial that she’s gone, but it brings them comfort knowing the person they believe responsible for the deaths has been arrested.

They say McDonald and Wilcox were dating, and they want her death to help break the cycle of abuse and cultivate change for anyone in a similar situation.

Police say Michelle McDonald, 31, was shot and killed by Antonio Wilcox Friday afternoon. Her...
Police say Michelle McDonald, 31, was shot and killed by Antonio Wilcox Friday afternoon. Her baby died Saturday.(Family Members)

“I just feel like so much pain like it’s never going to end,” McDonald’s mother Michelle Sanchez said.

The family’s grief is compounded by more than the suddenness of McDonald’s death.

“Within a span of 24 hours, you lose your child and your grandchild unborn,” her cousin Adrian Blasingame said.

Family members say McDonald was 8 1/2 months pregnant.

“We got immediate justice, and it goes to show God is working with our family,” Blasingame said.

Her family says what makes the tragedy worse is that McDonald’s daughter witnessed the murder.

“We got a 4-year-old we gotta help get through trauma for the rest of her life,” McDonald’s cousin Dorthea Young said.

They say they hope McDonald’s story encourages others not to hide and tolerate a domestic violence relationship.

Antonio Wilcox, 31, charged in the shooting death of Michelle McDonald.
Antonio Wilcox, 31, charged in the shooting death of Michelle McDonald.(Cincinnati Police)

“Just walk away. Just walk away. And stop doing these things in front of these kids,” Young said.

They say McDonald saw the good in everyone. Her good heart is what they’ll remember about her.

Family members say they want to create a group or event in McDonald’s memory to help others in abusive relationships or suffering from a mental illness.

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