‘Why? Why take my baby?’ Mother pleads for suspect who fatally shot her 16-year-old daughter in the back to come forward

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Lafayette police are investigating the killing of 16-year-old Ja’nya Hebert, who died early Sunday morning.

Officials say she was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle when an unknown person fired a gun into the vehicle, striking her in the back.

The suspects then fled the scene and left Hebert to die.

Her mother is now speaking out in hopes of finding her daughter’s killer.

“She had a future, and they took that away from her,” Hebert’s mother, Kysha Mouton, said.

Mouton said Hebert’s dreams of becoming a dancer were torn away from her at only 16-years-old.

“They stole my baby. I just want my baby back, and I can’t get her back,” Mouton said.

Mouton recalled the last time she saw Hebert, only a few hours before she died.

“She walked out my room, and I went to sleep. That was the last time I saw or heard my baby.”
Hours later, she got a phone call.

“I answered, and it was her little friend. She was crying and hollering, and she was like, ‘Mrs. Kysha, Ja’nya just got shot, and she’s not breathing.'”

Mouton rushed to the scene, where her 16-year-old daughter was dying.

“When I got there, she was already in the back of the ambulance, and they had the door kind of open. I saw them working on her.”

Hebert’s injuries were too severe.

“I just want my baby back,” Mouton said.

She said she only has one question.

“Why? Why take my baby? What did she do so wrong for you to take her life? She didn’t deserve it at all.”

Lafayette police said Hebert’s killer fled the scene after fatally shooting her.

Officials are urging anyone with information about this homicide to call Lafayette Police or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

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