Lagrange, Ga. — Officials said a Fort Bragg soldier is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, who was pregnant with his unborn child.
Akeila Ware, 29, who was 33 weeks pregnant, was shot Tuesday while driving her car in west-central Georgia, officials with the Troup County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office said. Alonzo Dargan Jr., 30, currently stationed at Fort Bragg, has been charged with murder, feticide and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.
In a press conference on Friday, investigators said Dargan was from Georgia and was in a long-distance relationship with Ware while stationed in North Carolina. The two went to school together when they were younger, officials said.
Dargan was driving a separate car and ran Ware off the road when he fired the fatal shots, investigators said.
Investigators said Dargan was married to another woman. They also said Ware had five other children who were not related to the suspect.
The sheriff said investigators thought they were responding to what was a simple crash and “could not believe someone had shot and killed a young mother” when they arrived at the scene. He said a member of his staff had to go to Ware’s father’s house to deliver the sad news.
Family members said Ware was a “bright young lady” and a beautiful soul.
Dargan, a member of the 2nd Security Forces Brigade who arrived at Fort Bragg in April, was being held Friday at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and may be extradited back to Troup County, authorities said. He is scheduled to be in court in Fayetteville on Monday afternoon.
A GoFundMe was started for Ware’s children.