OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman in Opa-locka that also injured her 13-year-old daughter.
Zackrus B. Beckham, 19, and Tamarray K. McDaniels, 15, face charges of first-degree murder.
Beckham also faces a second-degree attempted felony murder charge, while McDaniels faces a first-degree attempted felony murder charge.
"Two of them have been caught, and I feel very good, but when all four of them are caught I will feel even better," the victim's mother, Gladiest Barnes, said.
According to an arrest report, Quantia Kiara Curry, 33, who relatives said was 3 months pregnant, was fatally shot while sitting in her car in the 2500 block of Superior Street on the night of Nov. 26.
Police said her daughter was shot in the arm. She was treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center and later released.
"She is doing fantastic. She is going to school and everything," Barnes said.
Authorities said witnesses identified McDaniels and Beckham as the people who walked up to the victims' car and opened fire.
Detectives said McDaniels denied having any involvement in the shooting and provided a self-serving statement that could be refuted with evidence.
"A 15-year-old? That's just amazing! Shocking!" Barnes said. "This young man is only two years older than the daughter that was shot. That's why I know he is just a baby. They are just babies with guns in their hands."
Police said Beckham admitted to being in possession of the gun used in the shooting and said he drove himself and McDaniels to the scene of the crime, but he denied firing the gun himself.
Detectives said he also provided a motive and details surrounding the murder, although those details have not been publicly released.
Beckham is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, while McDaniels is being held at the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Detention Center.