Two teenage boys are wanted for the killing of a young Pennsylvania mother who had words with them as they harassed her boyfriend walking down the street Saturday.
Kayla Peterson's boyfriend, Bill Bailey, said it all started over a cigarette comment.
"My friend came in and got cigarettes, and three young kids followed him. They kept following him and asking for a cigarette," convenience store employee Brock Edwards said.
Bailey said the teens followed, harassing him while he walked two blocks home. When he got there, Bailey said the 22-year-old Peterson came out and told the boys to get a job.
"The next thing you know, they just pull out a gun and shoot for no reason," Edwards said.
"Now, my friend lost his girlfriend - an amazing, amazing girl, and she was such a good mother, too - and now her child has to grow up without her mother being there."
"It was over a cigarette."
Bailey said that he held the mother of his 23-month-old girl, and as she lay dying, Kayla Peterson told him that she loved him and their daughter.
"She didn't even move when it happened," Bailey told Channel 4 Action News. "She just said, 'I can't feel my legs.' She wanted to lay down, so I laid her down."
He said trying to explain to his daughter, Ellieonna, what happened to has not been easy.
"I just tell her her mom was an angel and was taken away way too soon. She devoted her life to my daughter," he said, adding that he knows the teens police are searching for.