BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police have identified a woman found shot to death as a result of apparent domestic violence at a home on Tuesday morning.
Police found Kaeyleah Lewis, 25, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on the living room floor at a home in the 7000 block of 4th Avenue South.
Officers responded to the home around 8:20 a.m. after getting a report about shots being fired nearby. When they arrived, they saw a relative kicking down the front door to check on Lewis' safety.
Lewis was pronounced dead on the scene by the Jefferson County coroner.
Police believe the shooting stemmed from an argument between Lewis and a man she had previously dated. They said Lewis and the man got into a verbal altercation on Monday night and he was asked to leave.
Witnesses told police they saw a man get out of a red Jeep behind the home and go in through the back door. Soon after, they heard several gunshots and saw the man leave through the back door and drive away in the Jeep.
"Domestic violence. She died at the hands of a maniac. She was 25 years old and had her whole life in front of her," Lewis' mother Ronnie Battle said.
Lewis, a mother to an infant and a child in elementary school, was living with her mother.
Battle and her sister Nieka Witherspoon said Kayla broke up with her boyfriend on Monday and there was a violent confrontation at the home.
"She was well-loved. He didn't have to do her like that because she didn't deserve it. Nobody deserves it," Witherspoon said.
The children are being cared for by relatives.
Battle believed her daughter was a victim of domestic violence. In her heartbreak, she has a message for other parents whose loved ones could be a similar situation.
"If you see something like this going on with our daughter and she can't get out of the situation, you remove her from the situation. You protect them with all your might," Battle said.
The suspect has not yet been identified or captured.
"This was a cowardly act of violence that should not have happen. We are confident that the suspect will be brought to justice swiftly," Lt. Edwards said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the BPD Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.