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Sonita LaTonya Dunbar Barkley
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Birth: Aug. 14, 1978
Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach City
Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 30, 2002
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA

NORFOLK -- Toward the end, Sonita L. Barkley juggled baby sitters, graveyard shifts at a Texaco for roughly $7.50 an hour and the needs of her three boys.
She kept smiling, even when she appeared exhausted.

Sometimes she dropped 4-year-old Jehdiah off at his pre-kindergarten still wearing her Texaco shirt after an all-night shift. She would have her other two children -- Abijah, 3, and Shereef, 7 months -- in tow.

Later, she'd pick her boy up. She would talk to teachers. She was interested, pleasant.

The 24-year-old woman's demeanor seldom betrayed her struggle to provide.

But on Friday, Sept. 27, she confided to a colleague during one of those all-night shifts at the Airport Texaco that she was down to $100 or so. She owed her baby sitter around $50, she told Leonard Lawton during a lull around 4:30 a.m. Her baby needed milk, Pampers. Her car needed gas.

Her rent was due Monday, she told him.

Barkley wasn't smiling. She appeared near tears.

Lawton lent his ear. He urged her not to give up.

``Pray about it,'' he told her. ``Just keep praying.''

Two days later, police said, she drowned her three children in their bathtub. Early Monday, she apparently leaped off the Campostella Bridge to her own death in the Elizabeth River. She left no note, police have said. Evidence indicates she acted alone.

Roosevelt Memorial Park
Chesapeake City
Virginia, USA
Created by: D.K. Foreman
Record added: Oct 05, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6824655
Sonita LaTonya <i>Dunbar</i> Barkley
Added by: D.K. Foreman
Sonita LaTonya <i>Dunbar</i> Barkley
Added by: D.K. Foreman
Sonita LaTonya <i>Dunbar</i> Barkley
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~Sonita and Her Precious Babies~
 Added: May. 27, 2016
No more sorrows. Safe in the arms of Jesus.
- Gravedigger
 Added: Jun. 25, 2014
I'm so sorry u didnt have the help u needed Sonita, just know u and those precious babies are loved and will always be remembered
- Gracious1
 Added: Mar. 4, 2014
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