The expectant mother who told local media she had lost her baby when her gender reveal party turned into a deadly mass shooting was never pregnant, police announced.
Cheyanne Willis, 21, was one of the nine people shot at her party on July 8 when two people opened fire on the group as they watched a movie. One attendee, Autumn Garrett, 21, died, while Willis was shot in the leg.
When she was released from the hospital, Willis told local media she had lost her baby.
Now, Colerain Township police say Willis was never pregnant, despite her family’s claims.
Police spokesman James Love tells PEOPLE authorities are frustrated by the apparent lie but continue to try to solve the shooting.
“As ridiculous as it might be, it’s not a crime to lie, its not a crime to have a party over that lie,” says Love. “Now if she lied and put everyone in the danger — of course the shooters would be the main focus but would be a decision up to the local prosecutors.”
Willis Was ‘Excited’ to Be a Mother: Family
Speaking with PEOPLE on Friday, before the police announcement, Willis’ sister Amber White said Willis was “excited” to be a mother.
“She had a miscarriage right before and she’s been wanting a child,” White, a mother herself, said. “She’s a great aunt.”
White attended the party but left before the shooting began, she said. When asked how Willis was doing after ostensibly losing her baby, White said she was “devastated.”
During the party, Willis posted photos on her social media with attendees announcing that her baby would be a boy.
Of the suspect or suspects, White said the shooter is “someone that has no conscience.”
Cheyanne Willis pictures,shot at her ‘gender reveal’ party https://t.co/RAHgTysQ6T pic.twitter.com/XkAdw3R4j7
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