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Gina Best, with a photo of her daughter, India Kager, in the background

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Gina Best knows heartache. And, unfortunately, the heartache she feels isn't going away anytime soon.

In September, Best's daughter, India Kager, a 27-year-old Navy veteran from College Park, Md., was sitting in a car in Virginia Beach, Va., with her boyfriend, Antonio Perry, and 4-month-old son, Roman. According to authorities, Perry was a person of interest in a homicide and the Virginia Beach police had information that alleged that he was going to commit a violent crime, but they didn't know when.

After following the car, with Kager in the driver's seat and Perry in the passenger's, police approached the car—whereupon, they say, Perry pulled out a gun. It was then that officers started firing rounds, killing both Perry and Kager but leaving the baby uninjured in the backseat. Police said they didn't notice the baby until after they were trying to treat Perry and Kager for their multiple gunshot wounds. Shortly after the killings, the four unnamed officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave.

Now six months later, Best is still looking for answers, and she posted a heart-wrenching video on Facebook.

"I want the world to know what a mother goes through when your child is stolen and executed for no reason," Best said. "The SWAT team ambushed my daughter's car. They threw a grenade at her car. They fired 30 rounds. Who does that? How do you do that? 30 rounds? 30 rounds? They executed my baby in less than 3 hours of her being in Virginia Beach."

Best spoke about her grandson being in the car and said that her daughter died protecting him. Best is now responsible for her daughter's two sons and has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the kids.

"I can't even tell you how bad this hurts ... I won't stop fighting for India. I won't stop fighting for Roman. And I won't stop fighting for Mr. Perry because he did not have due process," Best cried.

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Gina Best’s 4-year-old grandson, Evan, kissing a photo of his mother

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The most recent update about the case came in December when Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera said that a ballistics investigation showed that guns recovered from Perry were used in four violent crimes within several months, including two homicides.

"Within a series of 26 days, these weapons were used to shoot five individuals, killing two of them, and 14 days later the same weapon was used by Mr. Perry to shoot at our police officers," said Cervera.

But even with the update, it still doesn't answer the question as to why Best's daughter was killed in the ambush.

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