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Mother Reflects on Sudden Death of her Infant Daughter

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Shontrice Jackson's daughter, Camora, who died Thursday. Shontrice Jackson's daughter, Camora, who died Thursday.

Shontrice Jackson is still in shock, only three days after the death of her baby. She spoke exclusively to NBC29 about her daughter, Camora, on Sunday afternoon, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Jackson's roommate, Ramon Turley, 18 is charged with second degree murder in connection to the infant's death.

"She was a baby that could brighten up your whole day, like you would be in a bad mood and she would just brighten your whole day up," said Jackson. "She was very smart for her age. She seemed older than what she was."

Just two weeks after Shontrice Jackson's daughter, Camora celebrated her first birthday, this mother is now forced to plan her baby's funeral. The bright smiling faces in family portraits are gone, replaced with a grief stricken mother, forced to bury her daughter too soon.

The medical examiner is still trying to determine the cause of death for Jackson's daughter, but Sunday night,  Ramon Turley, the man police charged with second degree murder, is behind bars. Turley is being held at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail pending a bond hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

More information about Turley and his connection to the Jackson family, became available Sunday. Turley is currently a senior at Monticello High School. He and Jackson were roommates, briefly sharing an apartment in the University Place Apartment complex off 5th Street extended. That is the location where paramedics responded early Thursday morning to find Camora unconscious. She was pronounced dead later at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Jackson says she could not have gone through this tragedy without the community's support. "The community and my family has been very helpful. They really have helped us. Like my whole family on each side has came together very good to help us out," she explained.

The family is asking for the public's assistance in helping with funeral costs. They say they just don't have the money to lay this baby to rest and any help is appreciated. A car wash fundraiser will be held tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Shell gas station on Preston Avenue.

Several Charlottesville businesses have also set up donation bins. Those locations are listed below:

  • Charlottesville Realtor Laney Kaminer
  • Mel's Diner on Main Street
  • Cherry Avenue Barber Shop
  • Cherry Avenue Beauty Supply
  • Cherry Avenue Exxon
  • Ali's in Buckingham
  • Williams Car Shop
  • Bell's Funeral Home
  • Jackson's Beauty Salon
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