Mourning mother speaks out on daughter's shooting death

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - It is hard for Ana Judge to talk about her daughter's death.

"They shot her seven times she should never have gone through that," Judge said. "I still can't believe she's gone. I'm waiting for her to walk through the door."

Judge is struggling to come to grips with the fact that her youngest daughter is dead.

Jessica Judge, 22, was killed Saturday. She was shot to death in Cottageville with another 16-year-old boy who was shot in the face but lived.

"She's smart, very smart. Lovable, everybody loved her," Judge said.

Jessica Judge leaves behind two older siblings and a confused little boy.

"She has a 3-year-old son and now he has to grow up with no one," Judge said. "His father told him that his mom went to heaven."

The family gathered at Jessica's apartment Wednesday to seek strength from one another

"Everybody's hurt, fussing at each other, trying to come together as one. It's just difficult," Judge said.

Judge said her daughter never got into any trouble and doesn't have a police record. She added that at times she has felt helpless.

"I wasn't there to protect her like every parent would want to be there," Judge said.

Andre Nicholas Crawford and Rasheen La'Quan Walters have been charged with Jessica Judge's murder.

Ana Judge said the first time she saw either suspect was at their bond hearing Monday.

Wednesday, she made a pledge on her daughter's behalf.

"I'm going to make sure that Jessica gets justice if it's the last thing I do," Judge said.

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