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Pregnant homicide victim’s family reflects on her life

People in the community have started fundraisers for her widower and their 3-year-old daughter
People began creating a memorial outside the home of Reagan Simmons Hancock, the 21-year-old...
People began creating a memorial outside the home of Reagan Simmons Hancock, the 21-year-old pregnant woman killed on Friday.(Destinee Patterson)
Updated: Oct. 12, 2020 at 11:11 PM CDT
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NEW BOSTON, Texas. (KSLA) — “Look at that sweet smile when you have a bad day,” Jessica Brookes said, fighting back tears. “It always used to help me.”

Family photos show the late Reagan Simmons Hancock (left), of New Boston, Texas, with her first...
Family photos show the late Reagan Simmons Hancock (left), of New Boston, Texas, with her first daughter, Kynlee Grace, who now is 3 years old, and Hancock (right) while she was pregnant with her second daughter, the late Braxlynn Sage.(Source: Family photos courtesy of Emily Simmons))

On Friday, Brookes found her daughter Reagan Simmons Hancock after the 21-year-old had been attacked in her own home.

“A piece of us is gone now,” Brookes said.

Hancock was a month from giving birth to her second child, another daughter. She and Braxlynn Sage died after the baby was forcibly removed from her mother’s womb, according to Texas state troopers.

“She’s just something you can’t replace,” said Emily Simmons, Hancock’s younger sister. “The good thing about it is she’s everywhere now.”

People in the community have started fundraisers for Hancock’s husband, Homer Hancock, and 3-year-old daughter, Kynlee Grace, including T-shirts, a Facebook fundraiser and a Paypal pool.

“It’s helping our family so much,” Simmons said.

Sunflowers and stuffed animals lay as a memorial outside Hancock’s home.

“She loved sunflowers,” Simmons explained. “Those were her favorite flowers in the whole world. I’d love to see them everywhere.”

Police have identified Taylor Parker as a suspect in the case.

Oklahoma authorities have charged the 27-year-old woman with murder and kidnapping in connection with the unborn child’s death. Other charges are pending in Texas over Hancock’s death.

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