GLENDALE -- Glendale police say a 21-year-old Milwaukee man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman. The victim has been identified as Nya Hammond of Milwaukee. FOX6 News has learned Hammond was on her way to work when she was shot and killed.
Hammond's body was discovered in a parking lot in the 400 block of River Woods Parkway in Glendale around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, September 26th.
FOX6's Myra Sanchick spoke with Hammond's mother on Wednesday, September 28th -- who described her daughter as a dedicated mother to her three-year-old son, PJ and a hard worker -- getting up at 5:00 a.m. to clean the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin in the River Woods Parkway in Glendale.
On Monday, Hammond was on her way to work when her mother says she collapsed at the front door and died after she was shot.
Hammond's mother told FOX6 News the 21-year-old man who has been arrested in this case is the father of Hammond's child. Hammond's mother said Hammond left the man earlier in September due to domestic violence.
"She kind of kept it quiet because I guess she didn`t want to feel ashamed or want us to think we were ashamed of her or you`re stupid for going back with him," Hammond's mother, Shalonda Hammond said.
Shalonda Hammond said on September 12th, the 21-year-old man now facing charges for Hammond's murder allegedly beat her with an extension cord.
"She was at work one morning and she sent me a text and said 'this is why I left him.' And then a couple pictures popped up and she was in the bathroom taking pictures of where he beat her with an extension cord," Shalonda Hammond said.
Shalonda Hammond said her daughter had made contact with police, but hadn't filed an official report.
"She was getting to the point where she wanted to leave this dude for good. That`s why she showed me the pictures and made the statement. There`s even more pictures that I don`t want to show you," Shalonda Hammond said.
As she mourns the loss of her daughter, Shalonda Hammond said she has a message for others who are victims of domestic violence:
"Get out. Get out of the relationship because it`s not worth it. Take this and learn from it ladies, and mothers, and sons, and fathers," Shalonda Hammond said.
The 21-year-old man arrested in this case could be in court as soon as Thursday, September 29th.
Milwaukee Women's Center hotline numbers:
24-Hour Crisis Line: (414) 671-6140
Domestic Violence Hotline: (414) 933-2722
National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE
Emergency shelter for domestic violence victims:
Milwaukee Women’s Center’s Shelter: (414) 671-6140
Sojourner Family Peace Center (414) 933-2722
Waukesha Women’s Center (262) 542-3828