Parents of pregnant woman killed in murder-suicide speaks out

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita family is in mourning, after a murder-suicide left a woman and her unborn baby dead.

Wichita oolice say 21-year old Antrese Bland, who was seven months pregnant at the time with a baby boy, was shot and killed by her boyfriend.

Bland’s boyfriend, 24-year old Aris Brown, then turned the gun and killed himself.

KSN sat down with Bland’s parents this afternoon, who were very emotional as they continue to process everything.

Bessie Evans-Manuel, Antrese’s mother, described her daughter as very outspoken and real.

She says Antrese was loving and fiesty.

Her mother says the whole family was excited about the baby coming, with presents already waiting for him at their home.

Evans-Manuel says Antrese was determined to make the best of herself for her baby.

“We was getting the baby shower ready and she was just ready that night before. We were watching her move around and talking about how long it was and just, I never thought I wouldn’t see her no more,” said Evans-Manuel.

Before Bland was killed, WPD says she went to a neighbor’s house and tried to phone her family.

KSN spoke with her neighbor, Linda Alexander.

Alexander says it wasn’t the first time Bland used her phone, and even this time, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

“She seemed fine, she used the phone like I said she came back out, she left, she went back over to her apartment, probably like 20 minutes later is when I heard her mom screaming at the top of her lungs, ‘he killed my baby, he killed my baby,” said Alexander.

The family says Bland and Brown did have a rough past.

However, they say they felt Brown was a good man and wonder what went wrong.

“I don’t think Aris was a bad person, I don’t have any bad feelings toward him, you know I know him and Antrese, they tried, you know, they’re young,” said Evans-Manuel.

Evans-Manuel says her daughter was getting ready to start summer classes in hopes of becoming a pharmacist.

She says Bland felt with a new baby boy coming, it was important to get her education.

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