Family of Murdered Abilene Woman Releases Statement Thanking Community

Published 06/16 2014 04:24PM

Updated 06/16 2014 04:49PM

The family of 22-year-old Makayla "Kayla" Bunting has released the following statement, thanking the Abilene community for their outpouring of support following her shooting death on June 4. The suspect and father of Makayla's two children, 23-year-old Chevayae Magic Johnson, allegedly shot Makayla during an altercation at her apartment. The bullet that killed her also injured the baby she was holding in her arms.

We would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all their love, emotional, and spiritual support. The untimely death of our daughter has been the most undeniably agonizing moment of our life. Not a minute goes by that we do not think about her. While we still do not fully understand everything about her untimely death, we do know now that countless people - including total strangers - felt the loss of her precious life. Never in any military assignment had we seen a community come together to mourn alongside a family, such as has been our experience.

Special recognition and appreciation goes out to Kayla's sister-friends Mckenzie Garza; Elyssa Barba; Margaret Martinez, and Kelsie Green for demonstrating true friendship; family friends Janet Davidson; Phyllis McGeath, and the Barkell family for taking care of our grandson while being hospitalized in Fort Worth; the Abilene Police Department and Abilene/Taylor County Child Advocacy Center for their professionalism; APD Chaplain, Beth Reeves, for her compassion and empathy; CPS Investigator, Monica Castleberry, for prompt coordination of case management services; DAFB/M-1 Support Contract Team for all their support; Funeral Director, Bryan Hicks, and the Elmwood Funeral Home staff for exemplary service; Holy Family Catholic Church for funeral mass and luncheon after funeral services; and, Maegan Martinez, for coordination of the Makayla Bunting Memorial Fund. All memorial fund proceeds will be used to create a college fund for Kayla's babies. We apologize to anyone we may have overlooked.

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