Mother mourns her daughter’s death in I-20 shooting

Mother mourns her daughter’s death in I-20 shooting

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Airiyuanna Burston
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  • Monique Burston talks about the incident in DeKalb County.
  • Police say the deadly shot came from within the car in which Airiyuanna Burston was riding.

A woman whose daughter was killed in a shooting on I-20 is mourning the loss.

“I’ve been sleeping right here on this floor, in front of this door, hoping and praying I’m gonna wake up and she’s gonna walk through the door,” Monique Burston told Channel 2 Action News.

Her daughter, Airiyuanna Burston, 21, was killed Thursday when she was riding in the front passenger seat of an SUV, police said.

Investigators believe a man riding in the backseat of the Jeep Patriot fired the shot. Gregory Neal, 22, is in the DeKalb County jail on a murder charge, according to records.


He’s the cousin of the SUV’s driver, Decardo Glenn, 20.  Airiyuanna Burston was Glenn’s girlfriend.

Police said Glenn made up a bogus story about road rage. His mother, Oleta Glenn, told Channel 2 that the men were scared and “they should have just told the truth.”

Monique Burston (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Monique Burston is not ready to talk much about the incident. Instead, she’s focusing on raising her daughter’s 2-year-old son.

“I’m gonna raise her son the way she wanted me to,” Monique Burston said, “not allowing her memory to die.”

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