The family of Miriam Carey, a woman shot to death on Thursday outside of U.S Capital Hill after driving her car into a White House gate wants answers, as reported by NBC News.
“My sister did not deserve to have her life shortened at this early stage,” Valerie Carey, a former sergeant with the New York Police Department told reporters outside her Brooklyn, N.Y., home on Friday.
The victim’s other sister, Amy Carey, said although she suffered from post-partum depression, she was receiving proper medical care and showed no signs of emotional instability. “We don’t know why Miriam ended up going to D.C.,” she said. “We don’t know what was in her mind at that time.”
According to Valerie Carey, the family learned of the victim’s death from the media. “It is a shame that my mother, my sister and I had to find out from reporters who called us,” she said. “Shame on the Metropolitan D.C.-area personnel for still not informing us of what has happened to my sister.”
“My family is seeking answers, we have questions, there’s a mother who has lost a daughter. My sister and I, we have lost a sister. And my niece has lost her mother,” she added.
The victim’s one-year-old daughter was in the car during the shooting, she was later carried from the scene by police, unharmed.
Responding to claims that the victim believed President Obama was stalking her, Valerie Carey said, “She’s not a terrorist, was not a terrorist. To my knowledge, she did not believe that the president…was going to do her any harm.”