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Jacksonville Woman Dead in Home on Berry After Possible Robbery

5:27 PM, Jun 9, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A pregnant woman was found dead inside a home on Berry Avenue after police were called there for a possible robbery. The victim's family said they want answers.

Police said the 22-year-old Felicia Burney's body was found just before 11 a.m. Tuesday by her roommate.

Burney was eight and a half months pregnant; she was due June 22.

"I wanna know who done it! She was pregnant!" Said family member Cara Gomes.

Burney's aunt, Melissa Serrano, told First Coast News that Burney has three young children. 

"Felicia was a very big-hearted, outgoing, lovable person and I can't understand how anyone could hurt her or want to hurt her," Serrano said.

"I'm angry, I'm mad, there's so many mixed emotions I really don't know how I feel," she added.  "I know that it's sickening on top of everything else."

Neighbors said Burney was very outgoing, though she did keep to herself. "She spent a lot of time on the porch," said neighbor Nicole Corley.

Corley said while police are not releasing much information, she still feels safe.

"For me, I feel almost like it was isolated towards whoever was in the house," she said.

Now, Burney's family is left grieving and wondering why.

"She has three other kids who need her. What are they going to do? Her daughter just asked me, 'where is mommy?' What am I supposed to say?" Gomez said.

Police were called to a robbery at the home, where they found Burney dead. They still are trying to determine if there was a robbery. No cause of death has been released.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue investigated a related scene in the same neighborhood on Galveston Street, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Lt. Larry Schmitt. They spoke with a person of interest there, but have no suspects.

Burney's roommate, who called police, was also questioned.

Family members told First Coast News that Burney's unborn baby had "no hope" for survival, and did not survive after Burney's death. Family said the baby was a girl.

First Coast News

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