The parents of a teenage girl killed by her boyfriend say they know the reason why the young man took their daughter’s life: she rejected his entreaties to get an abortion.
Hawa Gabbidon was almost two months pregnant when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police found the body of the 17-year-old girl Tuesday morning thanks to a tip from a group of people cutting through the wood to get to a local community center. However, no one seems to know the identity of her boyfriend and police are seeking the public’s help for clues.
As WBTV reports:
On Thursday, Deputy Police Chief Kerr Putney said his officers are working around the clock to solve the case, but is asking for the public’s help. “We’re going to need your help on this one. we’re going to need some tips. we’re going need a break to bring this case to conclusion ,” Putney said.
Hawa’s father, Isaac Parchue says just thinking of how it all happened, makes him physically ill. “She had a boyfriend and she and the boyfriend were arguing about having an abortion,” he said.
He says he doesn’t know who her boyfriend is, but is begging police to find out, and fast. “We are pleading to the community for the community to help us as a family to bring Hawa’s killer to justice,” he said.
CMPD declined to comment about the “boyfriend theory.” If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Such crimes, involving boyfriends or husbands who killed to injure their pregnant wives or girlfriends after rejecting their abortion request, are fairly common.
In May, Prince George’s County Police in District Heights, Maryland found pregnant 23-year-old Jasmine Nichelle Moss dead in the trunk of a car.
Her estranged boyfriend, 22-year old Nathan Cedric Rogers, who lives just a block from the crime scene, is under arrest. He is being held without bond and awaits a hearing on his competency to stand trial. Friends of Moss report that she was pregnant with Rogers’ child.
While Moss was set on carrying the child to term, Rogers had urged her to get an abortion. According to Moss’s friends, once it became clear Moss was not going to get an abortion, Rogers denied the child was his. The couple reportedly broke up shortly after Rogers found out about the pregnancy.
Earlier this year, just a several minutes’ drive from where Jasmine Nichelle Moss and her unborn child were killed, a D.C. pregnant mother was attacked in the middle of the night and her unborn child stabbed to death. While the laws of 36 states, including Maryland, regard the death of the baby as a homicide, the District of Columbia does not.
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In response to that case, National Right to Life Legislative Director Doug Johnson said, “This case provides another demonstration that in our nation’s capital, an unborn child has absolutely no right to life at any moment prior to birth. In the eyes of current local law, nobody died in this crime – not unless prosecutors can prove that (the child) was born alive before he died. Under current D.C. law, the unborn child is a complete legal non-entity, even during the final months of pre-natal development.”
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, passed in 2004 and signed into law by President Bush, recognizes an unborn child as a second victim in a crime committed against a pregnant mother. This statute could be used in the case of Jasmine Nichelle Moss in order for justice to be exacted for her life and that of her child.