ABC13 spoke exclusively to the family of Cavanna Smith, 25, who said the murder took place the same day she showed the man she was seeing an ultrasound.
Smith’s body was found on October 6, near Reid Street and Irvington. Almost a month later, Kwanmaine Travion Boyd was charged with capital murder. Now there is an arrest warrant against him.
“He shot her like she was a dog, and I wouldn’t even do that to a dog,” Smith’s sister Brittany Wilson said. “When you imagine someone would shoot a dog and leave it like an animal, in the middle of the street.”
Wilson said she went to an ultrasound appointment with her sister on October 5, after finding out she was pregnant the day before her murder.
While Wilson said her sister was nervous, she was also excited. Smith told Boyd she was pregnant, but he didn’t take the news lightly.
“He wasn’t happy and said he didn’t want any more kids,” Wilson said.
Smith went to see Boyd the next day to get the money he owed him. Her texts to her family reveal that she feared something might happen.
“She said, ‘I’m going to get my money back and if anything happens to me that’s where I am,’ and shared her location,” Wilson recalls.
That same night, one of their other sisters received a spooky screenshot of Smith’s best friend. The SMS sent by Smith, time stamped at 6:45 pm, read “I have been kidnapped, I am in the back of Kwan’s truck”.
Upon seeing this message, Smith’s family immediately called 911. According to court records, during an investigation, a body was found on Reid Street, later identified as Smith.
Records show that police found a positive pregnancy test in Boyd’s apartment, along with a note and an ultrasound photo.
Smith was one of five children. Her mother described it as family life with a big career ahead of her. She was an entrepreneur and was going back to school to get her master’s degree in criminal justice.
“She didn’t deserve what happened to her,” Smith’s mother said. “My main concern is for justice to be served. She was a young person and she was just starting to live her life.”
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact HPD’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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