New mother killed while trying to protect dog

New mother dies while trying to protect dog from being shot

A young mother, who recently gave birth to a baby girl, was killed while trying to protect a small dog from being shot. According to WAFB News, the 23-year-old victim, identified as Cherish Smith, was shot in the stomach when she put herself between the shooter, identified as 27-year-old Rhykem Rogers, and the dog.

The tragic incident took place Sunday, in the early morning hours, at a house in Baker, Louisiana. According to the Advocate, Rogers was trying to hit his brother’s dog – the brothers were said to have been in a “heated argument” before the shooting took place.

The victim had just given birth to her baby three weeks ago. In an interview, Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn expressed sadness over the tragic situation, “For me to imagine these two young children – one is 2-weeks-old, one is 3-years-old – to grow up without their mother. That’s heartbreaking.”

Rogers is facing charges for negligent homicide and illegal use of a weapon; he was booked into jail and held on a $31,000 bond.

(Image screenshot via WAFB News)

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16 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    That brave woman put herself in harms way to protect an innocent dog. The POS that shot her needs to go away for the rest of his miserable life. Bond should have been much more than $31,000, he shouldn’t be allowed on the streets! My condolences to her family, I can’t imagine the heartache.

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  2. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    So sorry for her senseless loss. There was no reason for her to lose her life. That guy needs to go to Prison for a very long time.

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  3. Nadya Rossi says:

    Gee, which one of these Rhodes Scholars is the shooter? Rykem??? Three guesses and the first two don’t count. This was first degree murder!!!

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    • Diana Roby says:

      It should be 1st degree murder but because he was trying to murder “a dog,” the law doesn’t see it that way. He will probably not do much jail time.

      No disrespect intended but this especially true in LA. This is a state that still needs to bring their animal rights & abuse laws into the 21st century. Pit bulls rescued from dog fighters are automatically slated to be destroyed. It happened a few years ago. Over a dozen dogs and there was nothing anyone could do about it.

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  4. Red says:

    This precious sweet woman who was trying to save an innocent dog from humans…. how horrible. She will have a special place in Heaven….where as the men fighting and RESPONSIBLE for her death will hopefully rot in jail, the burn in hell.

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  5. Josephine Frazier says:

    I HOPE THIS SON OF A BITCH MONSTER ROTS IN HELL! SHE IS A HERO, AND A TRUE DEVOTION TO HER DOG I CAN’T EVEN SAY THE WORDS HOW GENUINE AND PURE HER HEART IS THAT WOULD RISK HER LIFE WHICH NOT VERY MANY WOULD DO. HER KIDS WILL BE GREAT CHILDREN, AND THIS MONSTER WILL SUFFER IN HELL FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. THE PAIN AND AGONY HER CHILDREN SUFFERS HE WILL SUFFER TWICE IN HELL FOR SURE. I JUST WISH THAT GOD WOULD JUST TAKE ALL THE MONSTERS FROM THIS PLANET, AND SEND THEM ALL TO HELL ALREADY INSTEAD OF WAITING TILL THEY DO MORE DESTRUCTION TO THE WORLD.

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  6. Star Shelley says:

    How sad for this young lady. Rest in peace. I hope these asshole have no peace in their heart, mind soul for the rest of their low pathetic life.

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  7. maxiemom says:

    $31,000 bond after he killed a young mother of two while trying to kill his brother’s dog?

    Bastard should be in jail with no bond possible. God willing, he’ll be there for life.

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  8. Nancy Raymond says:

    This young mother lost her life trying to protect an innocent animal from being killed by a miserable coward who could not handle his own anger and wanted to take it out on a defenseless dog – instead he killed a woman and the braindead authorities only gave him a bail of $31000.00 – He should have NO bail – he destroyed a family and these children will never know their mother and what a hero she was. This is pathetic – I hope every predatory inmate in that jail give Rykeem a dose of his own medicine – a shank in the shower.

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  9. pennysdachshunds says:

    He should Hang Himself in his Cell!!! Wonder how High on Various Drugs, Alcohol, this total Loser was … Two little children without a Parent to Hold and Cuddle them… He is Not worth putting in Jail… drop him off in a woodchopper!!!

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