A young mother of two in suburban Chicago was reading the Bible to her young daughter before bed when she was killed by a stray bullet that flew into the house and hit the woman in the head.
The incident occurred last Saturday at 9 p.m. in the 2800 block of Enoch Avenue in Zion, Illinois, about 50 miles northeast of Chicago.
Lam Calderon said her daughter, 23-year-old Melanie Yates, and her husband Daniel were preparing their daughters for bed separately when a loud bang sounded near their home.
Calderon said her son-in-law called Yates and asked her if she heard what sounded like loud fireworks to him, but she didn’t answer.
Melanie Yates, 23, was fatally shot in the head at bedtime on Saturday at her home in Zion, Illinois reading a Bible story to her young daughter (pictured in her husband’s arms)
Half a dozen shots were heard near the Yates family home at 2800 block on Enoch Avenue in Zion, Illinois
Police said they don’t believe Yates was the intended target of the shootout
“He looked for her where she was in the house and he found her shot in the head,” the victim’s mother told ABC 7 Chicago.
Paramedics were called to the scene and took Yates to the hospital.
Meanwhile, her husband brought their two children to Yates ‘parents’ house and explained what had happened.
“He came in and told me that our daughter had been shot and we didn’t believe him. It was just unfathomable, ”said Calderon.
Yates was pronounced dead at Vista East Hospital at 10 a.m. Monday after being removed from life support, WGNTV reported.
Zion police said they did not believe Yates was the intended target of the shooting.
Local residents reported that multiple shots were fired in the area, and investigators collected six shell casings near the Yates family home, according to Fox 32.
The Lake County Major Crime Task Force is assisting the local police with the investigation.
Yates’ husband Daniel found her shot in the head in their youngest daughter’s room after hearing what he thought were loud fireworks
Yates, a mother of two (pictured left with her eldest daughter and an ultrasound scan of her baby), was hospitalized in critical condition. She was taken out of life support on Monday
Yates was a registered nurse before becoming a homemaker
There were no arrests until Friday morning.
Shawn Calderon, Yates’ father, said finding the person who fired the shot that killed his daughter won’t bring her back, but it will give the family some end.
Lam Claderon, the mother of Yates, said when her son-in-law told her what had happened, she couldn’t believe it at first
Yates’ brother started a GoFundMe campaign to help his brother-in-law financially, and wrote in the description: “Everyone who has known Lanie knows that she loved Jesus Christ with every fiber of her being. There is no doubt that she is in heaven right now. But we miss them very much on earth.
“We miss your passionate, powerful prayers. We miss her infectious laugh. We miss her beautiful singing voice that lifts up worship songs. We miss her spirited, funny humor. We miss her dedication to being an amazing God fearing mother and wife. We miss her. And we wish with every fiber of our being that she was here, but we know that she is in a better place. ‘
Yates leaves behind her parents, three siblings, her five-year-old husband and their two girls Lydia and Evelyn. The family said they had given up their nursing careers in hopes of having three to five more children.
“The girls won’t know their mother anymore,” Lam Calderon said of her two granddaughters. ‘You will only have a memory.’
Yates wanted three to five more children with husband Daniel