Woman, unborn child killed in shooting

July 13th, 2009 by

Bradenton - Friends of Crystal Johnson say her unborn child was the light in her young life. She was just two months away from having a daughter.

“She wanted to be a mama more than anything in this world,” offered Susan Moore, Johnson’s mother.

Johnson and her boyfriend, Lawrence Funsch were high school sweethearts.

They met at 15 and 16-years-old and have been together ever since.

Early Sunday morning though, their life together was brought to an abrupt halt.

“It went boom boom boom and then it was in the door,” explained Funsch.

Just after 1:30 a.m., deputies say at least two masked men busted through the front door of the apartment where the two were staying and immediately began shooting.

“They’re full of guns, they just come in shooting and shot my girlfriend while she was walking to the bathroom,” Funsch said.

Johnson’s mother, who was asleep in the next room, woke to the commotion.

“They just started screaming at me ‘they shot crystal’ and I went in the bathroom and she never made another sound. That was it,” Moore said.

Johnson was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital, but it was already too late.

Doctors fought to save her baby girl, but an hour later the baby died too.

Funsch says during the incident, he fired his own gun at the men which sent them running.

Deputies believe he hit one of the men.

A short while later, a man with a serious gun shot wound entered Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Doctors expect him to live. Investigators believe he may be involved, but have yet to name him a suspect.

“We have a lot of physical evidence. So, if in fact he did, we’re pretty confident we’ll be able to link him to the scene,” said MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow.

The investigation continues. Deputies say they’re looking for at least one more person. For Funsch, the realization that he’ll spend tomorrow without Crystal is just sinking in.

“It hurts me a lot just to know that she’s gone and I can’t wake up to her in the morning, you know, it hurts,” Funsch said.

Deputies say they seized drugs and drug paraphernalia from Funsch’s apartment. Charges for that are pending.

Officials won’t say why they believe the home invasion wasn’t random.


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