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Friends remember woman killed near Raleigh mall

Posted April 20, 2015

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— As a Raleigh man made his first court appearance Monday on charges that killed his girlfriend, her friends tried to make sense of her death.

Kimberly Dianne Richardson, 25, died early Sunday at WakeMed after being shot Saturday night in the parking lot of Party City, at 3604 Sumner Blvd. in Raleigh, which is across the street from the Triangle Town Center mall.

Richardson was six months pregnant, and surgeons were able to save her baby girl.

Daniel Joseph Steele, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in Richardson's death.

Friends say Steele was the father of Richardson's child but that the couple was having some issues recently.

Richardson worked at the Zales jewelry store in the mall, and Steele previously worked as a mall security guard. He resigned last fall and has been working in security at Cameron Village.

Steele said little during his brief court appearance, when he was ordered held without bond. His next court date is May 11.

Richardson called 911 to report the shooting, telling the dispatcher "I've been shot." After giving her location, she said, "I can't talk."

When the dispatcher asked what happened, she said, "He shot me."

Friends said Richardson was overjoyed about becoming a mother and had already named the baby Lacy. They called her a bright light who will be missed.

"She would just start singing and just made everybody's day better," Stefan Byerley said. "She was funny. She was fun to be around, just always had a smile about her."

Byerley met Richardson 10 years ago when they were in a church play together. Since then, they had collaborated on short films, he said.

"She had that bright, happy personality that came across on the screen," he said.

Steele's neighbors said he was quiet and that Richardson was a frequent visitor to his home.

"I never expected anything to happen, but you know, it's just something, you can always put your finger on something when something's not right with their family," neighbor Briana Matthews said. "I'm praying for them."

A GiveForward account has been opened in Richardson's honor, and a memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville, at 249 Holden Road.

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  • Anne Havisham Apr 21, 2015
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    No matter how important something (pride, paternity, power, money, a relationship. etc.) is to ANYone, that person does not have a right to kill over it.

    Partner abuse (no matter the gender(s) involved) is inexcusable. The fact that women are so often in danger from battery and murder while they are pregnant means that as a culture, we have a lot of work to do.

  • Alexia Proper Apr 21, 2015
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    I guess we may never know why, but I really wish he'd say why he did it.

    So, as her Facebook page did suggest, she consider herself unhitched from this man. So, was he jealous of her, angry about custody, angry about 18 years of child support payments for a kid he wouldn't get to see very often? So many things like these push men over the edge, but most people don't think about how significant these things are to those men.

  • Joel Rado Apr 20, 2015
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    This one sounds to me that it definitely could be a death penalty case. It was a heinous crime. The suspect probably knew what he was doing.

  • Jeff Abbott Apr 20, 2015
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    Lucy, Lacy. Meh. Close enough.

  • Chris Redshaw Apr 20, 2015
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    Lacy. The baby's name is Lacy.