Police seek clues in shooting death of pregnant Bay Shore woman

Milagro G. Canjura, 31, of Bay Shore, was found dead by Suffolk County police in a car in front of her home about 8:40 p.m. Aug. 30, 2014. Canjura, who was pregnant, had multiple gunshot wounds and was unresponsive, said police, who had answered reports of shots fired when they found her in the 1700 block of Stein Drive. (Credit: Stringer News Service)

Suffolk police went door to door Sunday searching for clues in the Saturday night killing of a pregnant Bay Shore woman as friends laid white roses and pink carnations atop the shattered glass on the driveway where she was shot.

Milagro G. Canjura, 31, known as Millie, and her unborn child were pronounced dead at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore shortly after she was shot about 8:40 p.m. Saturday in a car in front of her home, police said.

"Her windows were shattered. I'm looking from here and I'm like, 'Oh my God, Millie just got shot,' " said Canjura's neighbor, who did not want to be identified out of fear for her safety. "And then we didn't see her move."


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Canjura was due to give birth to a daughter in December. She had already picked out a name -- Kamila, the neighbor said.

Canjura suffered several gunshot wounds and was unresponsive when police arrived after a call of shots fired on the 1700 block of Stein Drive.

Suffolk police didn't release any additional details about the killing Sunday. Officials said Sunday night that they had not made an arrest.

A green-and-pink banner that read: "It's a girl!" hung Sunday above the concrete steps leading to the door of the two-bedroom basement apartment where Canjura lived for a year with her husband.

On Canjura's Facebook page, there was a gray-and-black banner image of a sonogram showing an unborn child.

Canjura's family and friends gathered at her parents' Brentwood home Sunday.

Many of them said it was too early to discuss Canjura's death. Her sister described Canjura as "beautiful" and "so sweet."

The neighbor said Canjura asked her on Saturday to let her know when the mail arrived.

That night, the neighbor sent Canjura a text that the mail was there. About 8:30 p.m., Canjura picked up the mail and went back to her car.

Minutes later, the neighbor said she heard six shots as she was getting herself and her children ready for bed.

"She was probably just sitting in her car. It was just so quick," the neighbor said.

The neighbor called 911. Police arrived as she hung up the phone. Canjura was bleeding from the side of her head, neck and arms.

"I'm in shock still, I can't believe it still to this moment," said the neighbor.

Canjura was close with her neighbor and her mother, who shared their fried fish with Canjura Saturday afternoon.

"I would ask her how the pregnancy was going and she'd say, 'Fine! She's moving in there!' She was having cravings and stuff . . . she was very happy," the neighbor said.

Canjura had also shared that her twin boys died Sept. 4 a minute after they were born. Every Thursday, Canjura went to Oakwood Cemetery in Bay Shore with flowers to visit their graves, the neighbor said.

At home, Canjura would hug her neighbors' children and cry when she saw them.

"I would tell her, 'Don't lose hope. You're going to have one one day,' " the neighbor said. "And finally this pregnancy, she went through it and she was fine."

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