"Miracle baby" survives drive-by shooting

Iman Palmer
Iman Palmer

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  Amir Deenari is only two weeks old but he will never know his mother. The newborn was saved from Iman Palmer's womb after she'd been shot and killed. Now, her picture sits next to his playpen and drawings she made for him hang above his crib.

"Amir is doing real good. He's real strong. He's growing stronger every day. We're here for him. We want everyone to know that he's alright. He's going to be well taken care of. I don't want to let him out of my sight and I know Iman is watching over him. He's all I have left of her. He's my miracle," said Palmer's father and Amir's grandfather, Kenneth Collier.

The Central high school senior was killed on April 19th, only days before she was due. Her friend was taking her to a doctor's appointment when shots rang out. The teen was sitting in an SUV near her home when a bullet struck her in the head.

Phenix City Police say the driver of the car she was in had an ongoing fight with the suspected shooters. Now, a 15-year-old and 18-year-old Brandin Singleton are charged in her death. Her parents say they don't think the suspects would have been shooting at the car if they'd known Iman was in it.

"It's a sad occasion because they're just kids. I know the kids. I know them. They used to be here talking. Iman was friends with them. I'll just let the law handle it. I'm pretty sure justice will be served," her father added.

As for Amir, he's being raised by his grandparents.

Iman Palmer decided on her son's name, which means "Prince of Light," before she was murdered.

Her parents say they're making scrapbooks for Amir so that he can know what kind of person his mother was.

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