Pregnant teen shot in the head and killed after being trapped by two cars that 'boxed her in' in shock attack

A PREGNANT teen was shot in the head and killed after becoming trapped by two cars that are alleged to have "boxed her in" in a shock attack.

Sereinat’e Henderson, a young mother pregnant with her second child, was driving with her mother, son and siblings in the car when she was killed in the brazen drive-by attack in South Berkeley on Wednesday night.


The 19-year-old mom was driving along Prince Street near Ellis in South Berkeley when almost two dozen gunshots were fired from another car just after 7pm.

Her family told ABC7, she was shot once in the head and died a short time later at Oakland's Highland Hospital.

Her mother Salima Wyrick, who was in the car at the time, said two other drivers boxed in the car.

Speaking to KGO-TV Wyrick said "It was a black car that pulled up behind us and a white car that pulled up on the side of us," "and the white car pulled up on the side of us and just opened up fire."

Wyrick said 22 bullets were fired but the rest of her family escaped the drive-by without being shot.

Police have released little information following the attack.

Henderson's family say they want answers.

"I just need some answers. I just want to know who would want to take a precious, smart young lady from her family," Wyrick said.

Henderson's grandmother Janice Marie Small spoke of the senseless violence, saying" "They didn't even care about her baby being in the car."

Describing her granddaughter, she said Henderson "never bothered nobody. She never hurt anyone."


A vigil was held on Thursday evening where mourners lit candles to remember the young mom who died while two months pregnant.

"Always make you smile, always happy to see you," Henderson's cousin Rainie Wooten told KRON. "Always wanted to be around and have fun. She was a young girl."

A woman who said she was the mother of the father of Henderson's unborn child described Henderson as having "the biggest spirit".

“They were each other’s first love,” the woman told Berkeleyside. “They grew up together and had my grandson. And they were about to have another one.”

"She was a little thing but she had the biggest spirit … it just doesn't make sense.

"She just had her ultrasound yesterday."

Police have made no arrests but are seeking suspects and a motive in the shooting.

Berkeley Councilman Ben Bartlett said he and mayor Jesse Arreguín are starting a regional task force to tackle gun violence after Henderson became the fifth person to die from gun violence in Berkeley so far this year.

"Enough's enough," Bartlett said.

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