Father of pregnant woman shot and killed by her husband speaks
By Kate Burgess, Reporter
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The newborn baby, who survived a fatal attack on his pregnant mother is still in critical, but stable condition. That's according the victim's father, Leon Huntley.
Huntley told FOX 35, the newborn, newborn Jael Huntley is clinging to life in a neonatal intensive care unit right now. The baby who was born a month early, was saved after Orange County Sheriff's investigators said the baby's father, Michael Boyce shot his wife Alexis in the head Thursday.
She was eight months pregnant with twins. The other baby, Jael's twin did not survive. Huntley said friends and family are left mourning the losses.
"She was just beautiful. She was outgoing, she was smart, and she was somebody that anybody wouldn't mind being around," he told FOX 35's Kate Burgess.
Huntley said he heard the shots from the next bedroom. When he walked in, he saw his daughter on the ground, and then said he calmly told Boyce to put down the gun.
"I had to do what I had to do and react as I did, and it was nothing but the grace of God that got me through it."
Leon said Michael and Alexis met in the Navy, and moved to his Orange County home to prepare for the baby's arrival. He told us he didn't know of marital problems, and never saw anything that made him suspicious of Boyce in the months the young couple lived there.
"I just supported him. We were so happy for them to be here. And I supported them, and supported him and tried to make their lives as easy as possible, anticipating the joy of two kids about to come into this world," Huntley added.
Boyce is being held without bond at the Orange County jail on murder charges. Huntley said he doesn't hate the man investigators believe killed his daughter and her unborn child.
"I don't have any evil wishes against him, or desire that something bad happen to him. He's going to face justice."
And while he waits in a jail cell, the Huntleys are praying baby Jael will pull through.
"[Doctors] haven't set anything in stone concerning the child, and I'm glad they haven't because there's still hope. There's a lot of prayer going up for that baby, so we believe in miracles."
Huntley and his wife have started a funeral fund for Alexis Boyce and her unborn son at TD Bank on S. Semoran Blvd. in Orlando.