19-year-old pregnant woman fatally shot, capital murder investigation underway

The Teel Family. Photo courtesy of GoFundMe.

BEAUMONT, Texas (KFDM) -- Detectives say three robbers ambushed a 19-year-old pregnant woman and her mother, as the women arrived at their apartment complex in Beaumont, Texas Tuesday.

Detectives are investigating the case as a capital murder.

During the robbery, Kera Teel, who was seven months pregnant, was fatally shot.

Officers responded to the scene at Sienna Apartment Homes, at 6155 Sienna Trails, after a report of gunshots shortly before 2 a.m. The complex is in north Beaumont off Concord Road.

The two women had just gotten back from Galveston, where they had gone for a doctor's visit.

Authorities are investigating another nearby robbery of a store off Highway 105 to see if it could be connected.

At this time they are looking for three men, but do not have much of a description.

Here is the full statement released later in the morning by Beaumont PD:

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at about 1:50 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to 6155 Sienna Trails, in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival Officers located a 19 year old female, who was 7 months pregnant, suffering from gun shot wounds, in the parking lot of the complex. The victim was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where her baby was delivered. Both the mother and child were pronounced deceased. The victim’s mother was also inside the vehicle during the shooting. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the suspects are 3 black males, however physical descriptions are limited at this time. The investigation is on-going and the victims identities will be released this afternoon. Anyone with information is asked to call Beaumont Police at 409-832-1234 or Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477).

There are currently two online fundraisers to support the Teel family.

Kera and her husband Andrew Teel also had a 1-year-old daughter in addition to the unborn child.

Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward to someone who has information in regards to the crime.

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