Mother-to-be and boyfriend both killed

September 27, 2010 3:26:49 PM PDT
We have new information in the brutal murder of a woman who was eight months pregnant when someone stabbed her more than 20 times. A few hours later, her boyfriend, who's also the father of the baby, also was found dead. What we still don't know for sure is whether their murders are connected.

Right now, there is a widely held assumption that the two separate murders are related, even though they took place at separate locations.

There are a lot of dots to connect in this case which frustrates one of the families involved even more. Today they gave some context to their loss, but they didn't want their faces shown out of concern for their safety.

Leiah Jackson, 27, was a month away from having her first child, a boy whose name she hadn't yet selected. Late Saturday night, she was stabbed nearly two dozen times. She dragged herself to her mother's front door from a neighboring duplex. Jackson and her unborn son died at a hospital.

The next day, her boyfriend Yancy Daniels, 30, was found dead at a Missouri City apartment complex. He had been shot to death. His cousin is being held as a person of interest in that case, but the story today for Leiah's family is about Leiah herself. She was special because of her family and the stock she came from.

"Our affiliations were from the world of education to the world of business to the world of entertainment," said Jackson's mother.

Leiah Jackson was the great niece of civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy Height who was memorialized this year in Washington. The Jackson family owns a ranch in Anahuac with millions of dollars in gas leases and now she is gone. The first person relatives say to die in the family at the hands of someone else which makes her loss even more profound.

"She was the next one to move to great things and I think that's what we're talking about," said Jackson's brother.

The person of interest who is being held has not yet been charged in connection with any of the murders. However, he is being held on a parole violation as well as misdemeanor drug possession charge. His bond is set at $888,000 on that misdemeanor.

Police say the person responsible will face capital murder charges. This appears as if it is a triple murder.

Leiah Jackson graduated from Elkins High School in 2001. She went on to work for Fort Bend ISD for six years, most recently as a clinic aide at Jones Elementary School.

Statement from Fort Bend ISD regarding tragic death of an employee:

    "The entire Fort Bend ISD family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Leiah Jackson, a clinic aide at Jones Elementary School. Ms. Jackson has worked at the campus for three years, and for Fort Bend ISD for a total of six years, and was loved by both students and staff members. She had attended school in FBISD and was a 2001 graduate of Elkins High School. Counselors will be at the campus today to help students and staff members cope with this unexpected and horrible loss. Letters to parents will also go home with students today. The district extends it thoughts and prayers to Ms. Jackson's family and friends."

Letters to parents are also going home with students today.


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