Family Members Say Single Mother Killed in Mobile’s Latest Homicide

Courtesy Stephanie McMillian

MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) —  A single mother in Mobile is dead and the man accused of killing her is the father of her three-year-old child. La’terica Denise McMillian was shot to death early this morning.

La’terica McMillian was well known and well loved by everyone at a home on St. Madar Street.

Courtesy Stephanie McMillian

Robert McMillian, the victim’s cousin told News 5, “just love everybody like if ya’ll going through a major big problem just love them, please love them because you don’t know when you’re going to lose them.”

Her cousin Robert says she was like a sister. Family members say she got into a car in front of her home with a friend at the wheel, someone shot at her and she was taken by private vehicle to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Courtesy Stephanie McMillian

Stephanie McMillian, victim’s cousin said, “knowing and seeing that she’s gone and isn’t coming back it’s just mind blowing because this is the person we wake up to every day, we talk with, we hang out with get up and knowing we ain’t going to hear her voice again touch feel none of that.”

Police arrested McMillian’s former boyfriend and father of her child, 28-year-old Joseph Shavers. He didn’t say much as he was led to a squad car but implied he acted in self defense.

Joseph Shavers, suspect says, “someone tried to kill me.”

He has a long rap sheet and at least one prior arrest for domestic violence.

For the family and friends of this young mother, they say this was a tragedy that didn’t have to happen.

La’terica’s cousin, Robert McMillian said, “for the ladies out there if you’re going through something or your husband or boyfriend keep hitting you please go away, please walk away, just walk away.”

Mobile Police arrested 28-year-old Joseph Shavers. He’s been charged with murder. An MPD spokesman says he is the victim’s former boyfriend. Family members say he’s also the father of the victim’s three-year-old girl.

Shavers is currently being held in Mobile Metro jail on a murder charge.


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