She worked in home care, her mother said. She worked tirelessly to help others.
“She would buy things for them with her own money,” Tina Shields, Teresa’s mother, said.
“She was loved by not only her family, but she had lots of friends and coworkers that truly loved her,” Dale Shields said. “She was a very special person. Those who didn’t know her, they really missed out.”
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But it’s not enough to just honor Teresa’s memory, her parents say: They want justice.
“I just want whoever took her life to have to pay for it,” Dale Shields said. “When you look at this whole situation, there’s really nothing that compares to the fact that I lost my daughter. I want justice. But in the end, my daughter’s gone.”
Shields was in a car with her boyfriend, Steve Waldon, on the morning she was shot. Police said she was shot by a high-powered rifle from a vehicle driving near them on Roosevelt Blvd. near Wicoff Street in Middletown. Based on the shell casings, police said Teresa was shot with an AR-type rifle.
“It’s unusual,” Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve said. “Most of our shootings involve handguns, and it was unusual that this one involved a rifle round."
Teresa wasn’t supposed to be shot, let alone die that night, detectives say.
“We’re confident she was not the intended victim,” Reeve said. "Because of (Waldon’s) activities, he was the target. And she ended up paying the price for it.”
Waldon is currently in jail awaiting sentencing on drug trafficking charges.
Teresa “deeply loved” her boyfriend and was trying to pull him out of the drug business, according to her mother. Teresa wanted a “normal life” for Waldon and herself.
Reeve said Waldon hasn’t given police much information on the shooting.
“I wish Stevie Waldon was more forthcoming with information, because we think he knows more than he’s telling us,” Reeve said. “It’s hard to put a case together with individuals like (Waldon). When you have individuals involved in criminal activity as a part of their livelihood, they’re not very forthcoming to the police department."
Detectives have one new development that could help put a suspect behind bars — the shooter’s car.
Reeve said the crime lab is processing the vehicle, which he couldn’t identify for this story.