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Mar 27, 2013 7:26 PM by Josh Breslow

Lexington Mother Murdered In Her Home

The search for a Lexington man accused of murdering his girlfriend ended more than a hundred miles away from the scene.

Investigators said Quantina Reed, 34, was shot once in the head Wednesday around 4 a.m. after an argument inside her home on Scottsdale Circle in Lexington.

Reed's father, Jesse Mitchell told LEX 18 that his daughter had worked as a housekeeping employee at Central Baptist for more than a decade and that she was a devoted mother to her two kids, ages 8 and 14.

"She did everything she could for her kids. you know? She worked to take care of them. They didn't have to want for nothing. You know, she was their mom and dad. She provided for them real good," Mitchell told LEX 18. "She never even had a parking ticket or nothing. No trouble to nobody. You know, for someone to just take her life like that, it's just very hard."

Reed's boyfriend of a few months, Jeffrey Jackson was arrested in Dayton, Ohio and charged with murder hours after the shooting. The US Marshals Service said Jackson was driving the Chrysler 300 that Reeds' family told us belonged to her.

Mitchell said he had seen Jackson hours before the shooting and he believed the suspect in his daughter's killing seemed "off."

"I just hope he gets what's coming to him, you know?" said Mitchell. "It's real hard, you know? We just lost a son about 10 years ago. He was shot and killed for something he didn't have nothing to do with. You know, lost two kids, it's really hard."

Wednesday morning's tragedy brings back memories for Mitchell whose 21-year-old son, Jeffrey Reed was also gunned down in Lexington in 2001.

Mitchell said Reed's two kids were in the home at the time of the shooting but they were not hurt and they did not witness anything.

Jackson is being held in the Montgomery County Jail in Ohio. No word on when he will be brought back to Lexington.

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