By Michelle Richardson
Special to the AFRO
Devon Sample, 24, of the 4800 block of Melbourne Road is charged with first degree murder in the shooting deaths of 23-year-old Shiand Miller and her three-year-old daughter Shaniya Gilmore.
The bodies of the expectant mother and the toddler were found in a car on June 19, in the 200 block of Boswell Street in Southwest Baltimore.
Miller was eight months pregnant at the time and Sample is the father of the unborn baby.
Police have not released a possible motive, though Gilmore’s great grandfather, Milton Johnson, said Miller and Sample were not getting along.
“Her and her new baby’s father had been arguing,” said Johnson.
In a released statement, Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison called the murder “tragic.”
“This is a tragic situation where family and friends are left suffering and mourning over the loss of loved ones. I want to commend the hard work of our dedicated Homicide detectives for quickly apprehending the suspect for this despicable act of violence. I can only pray that family and friends of the victims and our city can begin the healing process,” he said.
On Monday, Sample, accompanied by his public defender at a bail review, proclaimed his innocence.
Sample was denied bail and is held at Baltimore’s central booking intake facility.
Along with first degree murder, Sample is charged with 16 other counts including one under the Laura and Reid Law, names after a pregnant Howard County teacher killed by the father of her unborn baby in 2017.
“This law… is to protect pregnant women who statistically are much more vulnerable and much more likely to face abusive situations,” state Sen. Justin Ready (R-Carroll County), who sponsored the bill, said.
On June 21, Miller’s family held a vigil at the scene where the bodies were found.
“She wanted to be a hairstylist, she was a princess. My grandbaby Niya, very playful, always a smile,” Sheree Reid, Miller’s mother said.
Detectives are still seeking assistance from neighbors as they try to determine what led to the shooting. To reach them, call 410-396-2100
Family members have also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover Miller’s funeral expenses.