A beloved teacher and her 2-year-old daughter died Tuesday after they were found shot outside their home in Fort Washington, Maryland, officials say.
NeShante Davis, 26, and her daughter, Chloe Davis-Green, were found about 7 a.m. in the parking lot of their townhouse on the 1300 block of Palmer Road, Prince George’s County police said.
A witness said he heard yelling and then multiple gunshots. Davis’ body was found right away, next to her car, police said. The injured toddler then was spotted through the tinted windows of her mother’s blue Chevrolet. The toddler was rushed to a hospital, where she died.
Investigators searched for evidence for hours, with the county’s acting police chief and chief prosecutor on the scene to ensure nothing was overlooked.
Davis was a second-grade teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, according to the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association. She worked for years as a teacher’s aide at the school and was in the middle of her first year teaching after recently graduating from Bowie State University.
Davis likely was headed to drop Chloe off at day care and then head to work when they were shot, school officials said.
Parent Tiffany Byrd said Tuesday afternoon she was preparing to speak with her son about why he would not see his teacher again.
“I have no idea how he’s responded knowing she won’t be back now and he’ll have a new teacher,” she said.
“Miss Davis was awesome. She really, really helped him to improve a lot,” Byrd said, saying her son had struggled at another school but earned all As and Bs since entering Davis’ class.
The father of a student at the school wiped away tears as he spoke about Davis.
“It really hurt me. The school called this morning,” Erik Hines said. “Miss Davis was an excellent teacher.”
Counselors were available at the school Tuesday to help students and staff members coping with the tragedy.
Court records show Davis and Chloe’s father were involved late last year in a paternity and child support action. It’s unclear whether that dispute had any connection to the killing.
A prayer vigil for NeShante and little Chloe was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Community Temple Bibleway Church in Cheverly, Maryland.
Davis’ lifelong pastor and family friend rushed to the crime scene to offer comfort to family members who who looked on in disbelief.
“Whoever it is, they need to be caught and penalized to the fullest,” he said.
Anyone who may have seen or heard something in the area about 7 a.m. is asked to call police at 1-866-411-TIPS.
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