She was due to deliver a baby boy in less than four weeks, and Sandra Renee White had already received gifts from her family, friends and co-workers. But a Facebook post Wednesday night seemed to imply something wasn’t quite right in the Henry County woman’s life.
“You should be with a person you can grow with,” White posted online. “Not with someone that don’t have any goals in life. Life is too short to be unhappy everyday! Every one is just not meant to be.”
By Thursday morning, White was dead. Investigators believe she was shot by her live-in boyfriend who was also the father of her unborn child. After killing White, Anthony Bailey allegedly fired and injured two Henry police officers.
And he wasn’t done. When officers entered White’s Eagle Court home, they found three bodies: White, her 16-year-old son, Arkeyvion, and Bailey. Investigators believe he killed the mother and son before turning the gun on himself.
According to family members, White had asked Bailey to leave her home, but he refused.
The ordeal began Thursday when a relative called 911 to report possible violence in the home, according to Capt. Joey Smith with Henry police. When two officers arrived and entered the home, both were shot.
The officers survived their injuries and were being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital. But at White’s Eagle Court home near Stockbridge, Bailey refused to surrender to police.
While anxious neighbors awaited answers, relatives of those in the home couldn’t contain their grief, fearing the worst. Those closest to White later learned she was the alleged victim of domestic violence. White, who worked as a nurse at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, was 39. She had already named her baby Antonio. She planned to continue her education and become a nurse practitioner, her parents said.
Arkeyvion White, whose nickname was Keyvo, was a sophomore at Dutchtown High School, where he played offensive tackle on the football team. He wore jersey No. 64.
A polite boy and an honor-roll student, Arkeyvion had a bright future ahead of him, Kathie and Johnny White said of their grandson. At 6-feet-4, he already towered over his mother.
On Friday, Kathie White shuddered to think of what Arkeyvion had endured while in the home with Bailey. Instead of a surprise baby shower, the family must now plan a funeral.
“We’ve got to bury three,” Kathie White said. “It’s gonna be hard. But by the grace of God, I know we can do it.”
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