Ex-boyfriend arrested in connection with shooting that killed Bellflower mother in front of her family
A 27-year-old Bellflower man accused of killing his former girlfriend was arrested Friday, April 14, nearly three months after the shooting.
Kenia Buckner was a 31-year-old nursing student who supported her three children as a hairstylist. She was shot in her apartment in the 16200 block of Cornuta Avenue in Bellflower around 1:35 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.
Authorities said Buckner’s estranged boyfriend, Antowan Ladell Parker Jr., walked into Buckner’s living room and shot her multiple times in front of her mother, the couple’s 10-year-old daughter and other family members.
Parker fled, and a warrant charging him with murder was issued the next day for his arrest, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said. On March 21, the mayor of Bellflower offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to Parker’s arrest, and Buckner’s mother, Debbie, begged Parker’s family and friends to turn him in ...