Family of young mother says they forgive 14-year-old murder suspect

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 22, 2015) - A 14-year-old faces possible murder charges in the shooting death of 18-year-old mother, Kayla Goggins. Her family wants the alleged killer to realize her 9-month-old son Jadden will grow up without his mother.

"I want people to know that if they decide that they're big and bad with a gun that this is what they're doing not only are they taking a life but they're killing someone's dream," said Trunnis Goggins, Kayla's father.

Trunnis Goggins said his daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time when she was killed Friday night, while she was hanging out with her cousin. Her father said Kayla was supposed to pick up her boyfriend from work later that night but she never made it.

Police are still investigating but they believe comments made on social media ultimately led to the shooting. Detectives said a group of teens met up in 6500 Carndall Circle and got into a fight. At one point the fight escalated, a 14-year-old pulled out a gun and began firing several shots.  A bullet struck the 18-year-old mother in the chest.

"It's not right, I don't know how the child got the gun," said Goggins.

The Marion County Prosecutor's office is still reviewing possible charges. Police arrested the 14-year-old on a preliminary murder charge. The suspect's age is sparking outrage and concern in the community.

Kayla's father held his grandson during an interview with FOX59 and admired how much the baby boy looks like his mother. It hurts him to know this innocent little baby will have to grow up without a mom but Goggins forgives the 14-year-old murder suspect.

"I do know that this will be with him for the rest of his life and it hurts a lot but I forgive him, I really do," said Goggins.

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