Breonna Taylor’s Mom Speaks Out About Police Who Killed Daughter

The mother of Breonna Taylor, the Black woman who was killed at the hands of police in Louisville, is speaking out.

Breonna was an emergency room technician planning to take nursing classes in the fall. She and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were planning to get married one day.

“They already had a kid’s name picked out,” Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer, told People magazine. “It was a terrible name. She said they were going to name their baby Kenbre, for Kenneth and Breonna. I’m like, ‘No, no you’re not.’ That is too much!”

Tamika spoke about her last night with Breonna, who stopped by her house to coax her into cooking for her.

“I said, ‘Listen, it’s not happening.’ We were going back and forth,” she remembered. “But then her and Kenny ended up going out to dinner. Just going out, having a good night. And then they went home.”

That night, they were murdered by police who forcefully entered their home with a “no knock” order. The white officers were investigating a drug dealer, though the dealer in question didn’t live there — in fact, they’d already been arrested that night at a far off location.

Kenneth thought it was a break-in before firing a shot and hitting one of the officers in the thigh.

The officer fired back and hit Breonna at least eight times.

Our hearts are heavy. Rest in peace, Breonna. We’re all fighting for you.

Read more of Tamika’s story at People.