A pregnant 17-year-old girl was shot and killed on Christmas evening in Chicago, but medics were able to save her child in what can only be described as both a heartbreaking and miraculous ordeal.

Authorities found teenager Eva Casara slumped over in the snow and bleeding from a gunshot to the back of the head. At the hospital, Casara's grandmother urged her to fight for the life of her unborn daughter, promising her granddaughter that she would help raise the baby if she did. And amazingly enough, Casara was able to survive long enough to deliver the child.

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Though Casara died just before 11 a.m. on Thursday, doctors were able to save the baby, who weighed only a pound and a half and was named "Baby Doe" for the time being. According to Casara's grandmother, her name will be Lailani Paris Casara, the name her granddaughter had recently picked out when she learned she was having a girl.

Police say they still don't have suspects or a motive for the shooting.

It's always devastating to lose a loved one, but it's even more heartbreaking when it's someone so young and on Christmas day, no less. Though it's incredible that doctors were able to save her child, it's beyond sad to know that that little girl will never get to know her mom. I'm just glad that Casara's grandmother was willing to step up and raise the baby, just as she had with Casara herself. Though nothing will be able to fully mend her loss, at least she has a part of her granddaughter still with her.

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