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Pregnant woman fatally shot near Raleigh mall; baby survives

Posted April 19, 2015
Updated April 20, 2015

— A Raleigh man was charged Sunday in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, who was six months pregnant. Police said the baby survived.

The shooting happened about 9:40 p.m. Saturday in the 3600 block of Sumner Boulevard behind Party City, which is near Triangle Town Center.

Raleigh police said Kimberly Dianne Richardson, 25, died early Sunday at WakeMed. Her baby, a girl, survived and was at the hospital.

Daniel Joseph Steele, 25, was found at his home on Snowcrest Drive shortly after the shooting and was arrested. He was charged with first-degree murder.

A manager at Zales in Triangle Town Center said Richardson worked there. Steele previously worked as a security guard at the mall. He resigned in October.

Police on Sunday released the 911 call that Richardson apparently made. In a halting voice, she told a call-taker, "I've been shot," and gave her location. Then she said, "I can't talk."

When the call-taker asked what happened, she said, "He shot me."

No other information was released.

Paige Bragdon remembered Richardson as someone with a deep love for faith and music.

"She was really, really happy (about being pregnant)," said Bragdon, who met Richardson while on the praise team at their church. "Really, really happy. I sent her a text the day before she went to find out the sex of the baby and told her how happy I was for her and how excited I am."

Bragdon said she did not want to talk about the circumstances surrounding her friend's death.

"I'd rather focus more on who she was as a person and how much she pursued the Lord and I want to focus on the good of that baby," she said. "The good that came out of that baby and how much the Lord protected that baby."

A GoForward account has been opened in her honor.


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  • Anne Havisham Apr 20, 2015
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    I'm not sure how one can offer sympathy and at the same time blame women for the violence of the men they get involved with. If we read the paper, there's a truckload of violence against women (pregnancy being one of the most dangerous times of women's lives) all around the world.

  • Shannon Meredith Apr 20, 2015
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    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to this young woman's friends and family. Praying that the baby will continue to do well.
    WRAL, I am not sure if it matters too much, since the link takes you to the right place, but the fundraising site is called giveforward.com, not GoFoward.

  • Patrick Demby Apr 20, 2015
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    Please, tell us more about these "weapons of war" that citizens can easily obtain. I'll wait for a concise breakdown of all the ways a civilian AR15 is similar to a military M16. I'll take the expected lack of response to the fact you have no idea what you're talking about; just repeating what some clueless talking head said.

    When someone is stabbed to death no one talks about the knife; just the person. When a DD kills a family no one talks about the alcohol or car; just the person. Why the double standard with firearms? Could it be that they are quick to call out something they don't partake in, understand and isn't as widely enjoyed?

  • Tim Kelly Apr 20, 2015
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    I do personally have a problem with "gun ownership issues" in this country when weapons of war are used to eradicate a large number of people (classroom?) at one time. That is not the issue in this case. He would have killed her eventually one way or the other be it with a knife or bare hands.

  • Kristin Byrne Apr 20, 2015
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    For the longest time, I didn't have a relationship status on Facebook. Not everyone puts everything out there.

  • Paul Jenkins Apr 20, 2015
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    My only questions are how quickly can we do "due process," and if found guilty, how quickly can we remove him from this world? Unfortunately, the answer to the first is probably more than a year and the answer to the second (if guilty) is likely never before old age. And that's just sad. If he did it, I don't really care about why, and he was fine having a gun as long as he didn't have a prior felony.

  • Alexia Proper Apr 20, 2015
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    I hope you're trying to be funny. Facebook has no idea she died and wouldn't just automatically set her status to single.

    When the media provides absolutely no answers, one has to look somewhere. But, I didn't suggest answers. I only have more questions as to why he did it.

  • Jeff Schwartz Apr 19, 2015
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    Do we know if he was a criminal before he got the gun, or was he a law abiding citizen until he committed a crime? Whenever something like this happens we never find out how they got the gun. why are some people so afraid to require guns be tracked by serial number?

  • Kim Plucker Apr 19, 2015
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    Oh silly people of the world....... not everyone has a relationship on their facebook status! There are plenty of public photos of them together.

  • Chip Dipson Apr 19, 2015
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    I'm not sure wild speculation and Facebook Sleuthing is any more appropriate than semi-relevant gun talk.

    Also don't you know that when someone passes away Facebook automatically changes their relationship status to single?