CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man has been arrested and charged in the 2012 murder of a pregnant teenager and her unborn child in a north Charlotte park.
"I'm glad. I'm very happy," said the victim's mother, Monneh Gar. "I don't know how to express it."
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, 26-year-old Darne Nicoholas Brown was charged with murder in the death of Hawa Gabbidon and her unborn child.
Gabbidon, 17 at the time of her death, was found in the park with a gunshot wound on July 10, 2012. Investigators later discovered she was pregnant and asked for additional charges.
Based on information and evidence gathered during this investigation and in consultation with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of Brown.
I knew it was going to happen but I didn't know how soon it was going to happen, Hawa's father, Isaac Barchue said. "We've been praying and got our fingers crossed and hope that one day something was going to come out of it."
Barchue told WBTV it was important to him that his daughter's killer be caught.
"Because she was young, very young. She had a life ahead of her," he said. "No matter what she was doing wrong or what went wrong, she was too young for someone to take her life like that. So I was concerned to find out who did it and see that person and ask why he did it."
Barchue said he doesn't know Brown, the man police arrested.
Investigators have not said if or how Brown knew Gabbidon.
Brown was already in police custody from an unrelated arrest in August 2015. He was transported to police headquarters where he was interviewed by detectives.
Brown was charged with murder and murder of an unborn child and sent back to his jail cell.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Morales is the lead detective assigned to the case.
The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/