Police release information to help find killer of young mother, unborn son

Maryiah Coleman.
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A slain young pregnant mother and her unborn son died after she was shot in the back and left face-down by the front entrance to the apartment complex where she lived, police said.

Maryiah Coleman was an innocent bystander out walking her dog, as the family insisted since the Sept. 7 killing, police said. The police department released more information about the crime to get the public’s help in solving it.

Maryiah, 22, was eight months pregnant when she was shot outside the Matador North Apartments on Winburn Drive across from Winburn Middle School. She and her unborn son, already named Jakobe, died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Earlier on Sept. 7, Maryiah had been to the doctor and enjoyed seeing her son in an ultrasound.

A gun found nearby was being tested to see whether it was used to shoot Coleman, police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said.

Police were looking for a young man with dreadlocks and a cast on his arm, Angel said. Witnesses saw him run from the scene, but he’s not considered a suspect.

Family members have repeatedly urged anyone with knowledge of the crime to talk to police. A neighborhood vigil was held the night after Maryiah and Jakobe were killed.

“Anyone who knows anything and isn’t saying anything is just as guilty as the person that killed her,” Maryiah’s mother Tamara Coleman said shortly after the slaying.

Bluegrass Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to the solving of this crime.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to 274637. Information also can be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020 or

Suspect of the week

This week’s suspect of the week is Raymond Earl Leary, wanted on charges of absconding from federal supervised probation.

Leary, 37, is a black man, 6 foot 2 and 250 pounds.

If you have information about Leary, call Crime Stoppers at 859 253-2020 or toll-free at 1-877-970-2020. To place a free call on your AT&T cellphone, press *2020.