PUBLISHED: 10:02, 12 December 2012
While eight-year-old daughter Saniyah Gaskin-Miley was lying in a ward having following treatment with her father at her side, Shalema, 32, went outside for a cigarette at Brookdale University Hospital, New York.
She was gunned down with a single shot to the neck from point blank range.
Ms Gaskin – who left her job in immigration services office to pursue a sociology degree – was rushed back into the hospital’s emergency room, but could not be saved.
Her family told the New York Daily News they have been left shattered by the shocking murder.
‘She came outside to smoke a cigarette … and never made it back upstairs,’ said her heartbroken mother, Tanya Gaskin, 50.