Mother of slain 20-year-old daughter speaks out

FORT WAYNE, Ind (WANE)- The mother of 20-year-old JoeDasia Hunter is desperate for answers after her daughter was shot and killed on the city’s south side last month. Matusia Hunter spoke only with Newschannel 15 about her quest to bring her daughters killer to justice.

On October 25th, police were called to the 300 block of East Esmond Street after reports of shots fired. JoeDasia’s body was found inside a car in an alley. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

JoeDasia’s mother, Matusia Hunter, said she was there picking up her younger sister from a friends house and that JoeDasia left briefly to meet up with someone. Witnesses told police Hunter had been talking to a man before the shooting.

Matusia Hunter pictured with her 11-month old granddaughter Jamir.
Matusia Hunter pictured with her 11-month-old granddaughter Jamir.

“All they said was they saw a tall dark skin man with a black hoodie on,” said Hunter. “He was outside of the car talking to her then next thing you know, they heard gunshots.”

JoeDasia leaves behind her infant daughter, who’s not even a year old yet.

“Dasia left behind a piece of her,” she said. “She’s going to grow up without a mom. You know she’s only 11-months-old. Why would you take her mom from her? Jamir was Dasia’s world. Everybody knew it.”

Police have not identified a suspect in the shooting and say they are still looking for a motive. Matusia said authorities have questioned someone in the case, but that person was let go. She hopes that with the community’s help she can put her daughter’s killer behind bars.

“Everybody knows what happened to my daughter,” she said. “Everybody knows that the person who killed my daughter is out there and nobody wants to step up and give the police information? I think it’s sad because all these young people out here are dying and people are just scared to speak up.”

Hunter said she wants the person responsible tried and convicted. She has a message for her daughter’s killer:

“You know I’m coming and I’m not going to rest until you’re caught,” she said.

If you have any information about JoeDasia’s death please call Crime Stoppers at 260-436-STOP.

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