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Police say a 5-year-old girl was in the car when her mother was shot and killed by her boyfriend last Wednesday.

Raemel Richardson, 31, was killed after an argument with her boyfriend, Jonathan Bryant, turned violent.

Worry grew when Richardson didn’t show up for work on Thursday. Soon after, her car was found burned. Hours later, a group of children found her body by the banks of the Mississippi River.

Bryant told investigators that he had gotten into an argument with Richardson on Wednesday, but denied being involved in her disappearance.

Richardson’s daughter told police she “was awakened by a loud bang” while in a car with her mother and Bryant.

Bryant has been arrested on second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon charges. Police have not released information on the evidence that lead to his arrest.

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