‘I’m at a loss for words’: Wilmington police investigate Christmas morning homicide

35-year-old Jalisa Bellamy died on Christmas morning following a shooting and a car crash.
35-year-old Jalisa Bellamy died on Christmas morning following a shooting and a car crash.(Wilmington Police Department)
Updated: Dec. 25, 2020 at 5:41 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Investigators with the Wilmington Police Department ask for assistance in a homicide investigation.

According to WPD, police responded to a ShotSpotter alert at around 12:30 Friday morning near Kenwood and Market Street.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a car had crashed into a utility pole and both people in the car had been shot. The driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old Jalisa Bellamy, passed away at the hospital. The 35-year-old male passenger was treated and released.

“She was just a loving person... a hard working person,” Said Pam Whitfield, Bellamy’s mom.

Whitfield says Bellamy drove for public transit and when she wasn’t working, she was with her two sons. Whitfield says she can’t understand who would do this... and why there is so much gun violence in the city.

“With all the killings that have been going on in this city lately... I’m at a loss for words,” said Whitfield. “It’s just sad.... it sad... it’s beyond sad.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to both victims’ families,” said a spokesperson with WPD. “This is a horrible tragedy for them to endure at Christmas.”

“Not to take a moment, a second, an hour, a day for granted,” said Whitfield. “To love your family, always, unconditionally because you don’t know... you do not know when they last breath would happen.”

Anyone with footage of this incident is strongly encouraged to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609. You’re also asked to call, or use the Wilmington, NC PD app for anonymous methods, if you have any information about this incident. You can also text an anonymous tip to 847411 (tip411) by including the keyword WPDNC.

“If anybody hear anything... do not hesitate,” said Whitfield. “Please, just let somebody know what you heard. It will really mean a lot.”

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