Infant dies, family of victim discusses crime
BATON ROUGE - Police are now investigating a shooting last weekend as a double murder, since the only surviving victim, a baby, died Friday.
The boy, named Briton, was born after his mother, Brittany Mills, was gunned down at her Ship Drive apartment last Friday. Briton was delivered and cared for by doctors and nurses until Friday, police said, when the infant died.
"She was really, really excited about having a baby, and she prayed for a boy," Mills' sister, Tia, said in an interview with WBRZ News 2 Friday afternoon.
Mills, 29, was nine months pregnant when she was shot a few blocks north of Independence Park. The incident is still under investigation.
"God only takes the best, and that's who she was," Tia Mills said of her sister.
La'el Collins will be questioned by police Monday in an effort to learn more about the victim, police said. Investigators believe Collins and Mills had a relationship and said they do not consider him a suspect.
The entire situation, though, has impacted Collins' hopes of being a quick NFL star. He was not drafted during the second and third round drafts Friday night and was not selected during Thursday's first round. Up until police said they wanted to talk to him about the situation, Collins was likely going to be selected in the second-half of the first round.
"I'm hoping that when he returns, maybe he can answer some of the questions that the authorities have for him," Tia Mills said.
While it is unclear, exactly, how close Collins and Mills were, family members would not elaborate on what they know.
"We have been informed about that, but that is something that we can not speak on," Tia Mills said.