Family of Mechanicsville shooting victim: 'She loved her kids'

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  • Uniquea Brown, 21, while pregnant with twins. Photo courtesy: Kendra Porter.
  • Shantyra Delaney speaks about her sister, Uniquea Brown, who was shot and killed on Friday.

The family of a young mother, who was shot and killed in Friday's drive-by shooting, is now sharing her story.

21-year-old Uniquea 'Nika' Brown died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center shortly after the shooting on Nolan Avenue in the Mechanicsville area.

She was shot in her front yard.

Lavonte Dominique Simmons, 22, and Shawn David O'Neill, 24, both face one count of first degree murder.

The two men from Memphis are being held on $1 million bonds.

On Saturday afternoon, Brown's family members gathered at her old house to collect her things.

"I didn't know the guys or anything so yes, it was surprising to the whole family. It's nothing that no one would've thought would've happened," said Shantyra Delaney, Brown's sister.

Delaney said her sister leaves behind four children, all under the age of four.

Brown's twins are a little over a week old.

"Nika loved her kids. She would yell at them and get on them but she loved them," Delaney said.

Brown's cousin, Kendra Porter, said Brown was outspoken and a champion for those she loved.

"She's going to support you and always have your back. That's just the type of person she was. She had a big heart," Porter said.

Delaney went on to add, "She's my rock. That's my sister. I'm gonna miss her."

Brown would have turned 22 years old on June 20.

Brown and her boyfriend had just moved into the home on Nolan Ave. a couple of months ago, according to Delaney.

According to family members, the four children are in the care of Brown's mother at this time.

A funeral will take place this upcoming week.

O'Neill and Simmons were arraigned in jail on Saturday; a preliminary hearing is set for June 17.

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