‘She loved being a mother’: Pregnant woman executed for refusing abortion, family says


Candace Pickens had fallen in love with being a mother to her little boy, Zachaeus.

Her Facebook page is full of photos documenting the bond between mother and child as it strengthened over birthdays, holidays and visits with their extended, close-knit family.

“When she found out she was pregnant, she was scared at first,” the 23-year-old’s aunt, Irene Jenny Pickens, told The Washington Post. “But once she had that baby, it was so natural for her.



Praying for the repose of this Mother’s soul & for her lost baby. Praying for the health & recovery of her son. Praying for her family as well.


Absolutely heartbreaking for both mother and her son.




Tragic… Was the motive behind this heinous crime revealed or is it still unknown?


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