In rather unfortunate news, the mother of R&B heartthrob Sammie has been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Orlando, as well as the random shooting of several vehicles in the area.
As reported by Atlanta Black Star, 56-year-old Angila Denise Baxter was arrested on January 17 and charged with 2nd-degree murder with a firearm and shooting into a vehicle. According to documents from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Nekaybaw Collier was found dead inside her wrecked vehicle on the night of January 12. Authorities responded to a call about a black 2015 Mercedes Benz that crashed into another vehicle on North Powers Drive. Collier, a mother of two, was shot once in the abdomen as she was picking up groceries for her family, just a mile away from her home. She was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.
According to an arrest affidavit, Baxter reportedly shot at or into at least two other vehicles in Pine Hills that same day. She allegedly told investigators that she shot in the air or at cars in at least two separate incidents, believing that she was being followed. Two witnesses came forward, identifying Baxter as the woman who shot at their cars and multiple other vehicles while driving a red SUV.
Police searched Baxter’s home after she was pointed out in a lineup by an eyewitness. During the search, officers discovered several firearms, including a 9mm gun and a Silver .38 Revolver. Several cell phones were also found.
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Baxter’s admission of being followed and shooting at multiple vehicles led police to believe that she was involved in Collier’s murder. However, Baxter claims that she did not personally know Collier or the other witnesses.
Sammie, who recently appeared on The Millennium Tour and on Verzuz, rarely speaks on his relationship with his mother or family. His last mention of her was a Twitter shoutout on his birthday in 2020. The “I Like It” singer posted a brief statement on his social media Sunday night (Jan. 22).
“In consideration of the recent news, I would first like to express my most sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Collier. I understand the severity of the allegations, but I do not have any additional information. At this time, I respectfully request privacy for not only my family, but the family of Mrs. Collier. Thank you.”
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been set up for the care of Collier’s two daughters and family. As of this report, nearly $9800 has been raised towards their goal of $50,000.