A pregnant woman in Louisiana was forced to plan her husband's funeral and the birth of her daughter in the same month.
Portia Smith, 33, from New Orleans was forced to plan the funeral of her husband, 31-year-old Jonathan Smith, after being accidentally shot in the head by a childhood friend.
The couple, who married in November 2018 after a meeting in 2010, had been married for less than a year.
She said NOLA.com: & # 39; What should be one of my happiest moments has been ruined. & # 39;
& # 39; I had to plan a funeral and I all had to give birth in the same month because of another person's actions – not because of my husband's actions. & # 39;
Jonathan Smith (left), 31, and his wife Portia Smith (right) on their wedding day in November 2018
Jonathan, who wanted to learn how to swaddle his baby girl before she arrived, never met his daughter Mila.
He was killed after being shot in the head with a gun when the gunman, who admired a gun, inadvertently fired it on September 14.
The shooter, 30-year-old Christopher Lemley, allegedly took a Percocet that was not prescribed and drank for the fatal incident.
Portia said that Jonathan, an assistant manager at a construction company, had gone out to dinner with his father and stepmother on the day of his death.
They usually spoke about the fast approaching expiration date of Mila.
Then Portia's 17-year-old brother – who was staying with the couple – and her husband decided to go to Lemley's house in the 200 block of Norland Avenue.
She told NOLA.com that she didn't think about it because Jonathan and Lemley were friends because they were children in Shreveport.
Exhausted, Portia stayed in the Westwego house of the coupé after working in the women's clothing store she managed.
Portia (left) and Jonathan (right) were expecting the birth of their first child when Jonathan was shot dead in the head by a childhood friend
When her husband and brother did not return home at 12.25 pm, Jonathan sent a text message to see how it went.
On her phone it said that Jonathan had read the text message, so she assumed everything was fine.
Five minutes later, Lemley & # 39; s wife, Portia, mentioned earthbreaking words.
& # 39; An accident has happened. Jonathan has been shot, & Portia remembers Lemley's wife.
Portia said: & # 39; What do you mean? Is he doing okay? Where did he get shot? & # 39;
& # 39; It's very bad. Just come here, & said the wife of Lemley.
Portia (photo): & # 39; The actions he took that night were preventable and caused the death of my husband and made me lose my best friend and father of Mila, who she will never meet & # 39;
Portia arrived at the New Orleans University Medical Center, where she heard that her husband had surgery after being shot in the head.
She became so upset that medical staff allowed her to follow the baby in the hospital.
Jonathan survived the first operation, but on September 17, doctors found that the expectant father was brain dead.
He was kept for long enough to donate his organs to a dozen people.
Jonathan died two days later on September 19.
Christopher Lemley (photo), 30, was arrested on September 24 for Jonathan's death and gave details of the shooting to authorities
During this time, the New Orleans Police Department had investigated the circumstances behind the gunfire.
While with a group of friends, Lemley allegedly asked to hold the gun of a visitor that was loaded.
Testimonials say that while examining the weapon, Lemley pulled the gun's slide and pulled the trigger.
A friend tried to tell Lemley that the gun was loaded, but it was too late.
Portia (right) wants shooter Christopher Lemley to send the prison sentence for the death of her husband Jonathan (right)
Lemley was detained on 24 September and waived his right to remain silent and told officers details about the shooting.
He admitted taking one Percocet and drinking, but can't remember how the gun shot at all.
Townsend Myers, Lemley's attorney, told NOLA.com that the shooting & # 39; a tragic accident & # 39; used to be.
Lemley received a bail of $ 15,000 and placed a bond for his release.
Portia said she wants Lemley to spend time before her husband's death.
She said: & # 39; The actions he took that night were preventable and caused my husband's death and caused me to lose my best friend and Mila's father, whom she will never meet. & # 39;
According to an GoFundMe set up to help Portia with unexpected medical bills, funeral expenses and her first child, the baby is due within three weeks from September 17.
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