“Mother gunned down outside home is Gary’s first homicide victim of 2016.” April Bailey became Gary’s first homicide victim Wednesday outside of her home in the 4700 block of Delaware.
Twenty-four hours later, the bloodstain where April Bailey died Wednesday afternoon remained visible on the street outside her home in Gary’s Glen Park section.
Bailey, 39, who had left her house to speak to a man in the front yard moments before she was felled by a single gunshot to her head, became the city’s first homicide victim in 2016.
“She was not an outside person. You didn’t see her outside. April was always in the house,” a Chicago woman who is godmother to Bailey’s three children said Thursday. The godmother asked not to be identified.
Bailey’s teenage son was home and ran to her after she collapsed on the pavement. “He said his mother died in his arms,” she said. “He was truly his mother’s keeper. He did everything for her. He protected her.”
A neighbor who lives on Delaware Street said she heard a shot and called 911 after seeing Bailey lying in the street. “I just knew her to wave,” the neighbor said, asking not to be identified.
“April is the sweetest doggone person, she loved everyone. She loved dogs. She loved her kids,” the Chicago woman said. Seeing the bloodstain on the road gave her pause as she wiped tears from her eyes. Reported by Gary Post Tribune staff on January 24, 2016.
Following was relayed by April Bailey’s daughter Shamanda Mongrief to GFL Homicide Watch:
Through tears, daughter Shamanda Mongrief recalled special details about her mother’s life. She said her mother was a beautiful person who loved any and everybody and was always willing to help. She was affectionately called “Nicey,” a name she was given by her cousins when she was young.
Shamanda’s favorite memory of her mother was that “she always got on her case” because she wanted her to be independent. When she was five months pregnant she remembered her mother telling her the importance of getting on her feet. Her baby, Neva, is now four months old and left without her Grandmother. April loved to listen to music, sing and dance. Her favorite song, which she played over and over, was “Love Don’t Change” by Jeramiah.
Shamanda believes that you should spend your time telling others that you love them, even though you may be on bad terms. “Tomorrow is not promised, when they are dead, it’s too late.”
April Bailey leaves behind eight children: Cardell Mongrief, 25; Shamanda Mongrief, 23; twins, Britney and Briana Mongrief, 22, Christina Mongrief, 19; Monica Bailey, 16; Kenneth Rene Bailey, III, 15; and Candace Bailey, 12. Monica, Kenneth and Candace are now living with their Great Uncle on their Father’s side.
A person of interest, Kevin Derrick, is currently in custody and waiting hearing on March 18.