CHEVERLY, Md. - Prayers and pain filled a Prince George's County church as people gathered to mourn the loss of a Prince George's County teacher and her 2-year-old child.
NeShante Davis and her daughter, Chloe, were shot and killed nearby their Fort Washington home.
"She was my baby and I'm going to miss her and Chloe is my baby," said Carlen Turner, NeShante's mother.
Turner broke down in tears as family, friends and complete strangers offered condolences at the Community Temple Bibleway Church in Cheverly.
"I'm just going to miss her," Turner said.
Davis' mentor, Melonie Parker, is still stunned that the 26-year-old mother and her daughter were killed just steps from their front door.
"I encourage whoever did this to turn themselves in," Parker said.
Parker said Bible study would usually take place where they all gathered on this night, but instead, parishioners are praying for a breakthrough.
"We're seeking God and praying to God just to move us forward," she said.
Prince George's County police said Davis and her daughter were killed shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday in their Fort Washington neighborhood. Davis was doing what she did most days - dropping her daughter off at daycare before heading to work as a second grade teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School.
Police are pursuing every lead and we are told a break in the case is imminent.
Even so, the healing process is just beginning for those heartbroken by two lives loss far too soon.