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Anna Karam, Pregnant 16-Year-Old, Killed in Akron Shooting; Friend Jessica Halman Shot in Head

January 7, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments
Anna Karam (L) and Jessica Halman.

Anna Karam (L) and Jessica Halman.

An Ohio man allegedly shot two teenage girls on Sunday, killing a pregnant 16-year-old and seriously wounding a 19-year-old.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that 24-year-old David Stoddard of Barberton allegedly went to a home on East Archwood Avenue in Akron at around 4 a.m. on Sunday and shot the two girls in their heads.

The victims, who were reportedly friends with Stoddard’s girlfriend, have been identified as 16-year-old Anna R. Karam of Akron and 19-year-old Jessica L. Halman of Norton. Karam was 4 months pregnant. Witnesses inside the house identified Stoddard as the shooter.

Halman was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. She was listed in critical condition on Sunday.

David Stoddard

David Stoddard

Stoddard, a US Army veteran who was released from service on a medical discharge, was arrested without incident at a local motel. It is not his first run-in with the law; last November he was arrested for carrying a concealed handgun with an expired permit. Stoddard is being held in the Summit County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

“It was senseless. Everyone loved Anna and Anna loved everyone,” Patricia Karam, the slain girl’s mother, told ABC 5. “The person who shot her was her friend. He killed my baby and he killed my grandbaby.”

Karam was the latest of several children to be shot to death in the United States.

On Friday, Melanie Reyes, a 20-year-old Ocala, Florida woman, shot and killed her 6-month-old son Jonah Mendoza, before turning the gun on herself. She survived the suicide attempt.

On January 3, 10-year-old Aaliyah Boyer, a Pennsylvania girl who was accidentally shot in the head by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve, was taken off life support and pronounced dead.

Also on January 3, 16-year-old Shukur Brown of Flint, Michigan turned himself to authorities after admitting he shot and killed his best friend, 15-year-old Gianni Herron, also on New Year’s Eve.

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