WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Despite losing her home and nearly losing her son, Janey Geiger-Waters says her daughter kept smiling.
Brittany Geiger had gotten engaged and was days away from starting a new job.
"Her life was looking up and then it was taken," Geiger-Waters says.
Taken by a bullet that wasn't meant for her.
Ira Perkins told police the shot he fired was supposed to be a warning for his son Josh, Brittany's boyfriend.
The father and son had been fighting inside their Marcy Road home Friday night, but it went through a wall and hit Brittany as she walked upstairs to calm things down.
"I'm upset because he misused a gun," Geiger-Waters says. "He's 71 years old. He should know better."
Perkins is facing a charge for reckless homicide, but Brittany's mom says she's forgiven him.
"I'm not mad at him," Geiger-Waters says. "I know he didn't mean to do this."
But that doesn't make it any easier to handle life without Brittany.
"Brittany was the type of person if she liked you she loved you," Geiger-Waters says.
But tragedy seemed follow her like a shadow.
First her five year old son Matthew was injured in a fall last spring, while in his father's custody.
After the injury, Brittany would visit Matthew in the hospital.
"She was there for her son 100 percent," Geiger-Waters says. "That was her heart and soul. She loved that baby."
She even got an apartment and set up a room for Matthew, hoping to get custody of him.
But the apartment was destroyed in a fire.
Still Brittany told us in an interview last August, she was staying positive.
"Right now it doesn't help to be negative," Brittany says.
Geiger-Waters says her daughter will be missed.
"I could not ask for a better daughter and she was just one of the best," she told us.
Perkins is being held on a $100,000 bond and could face one to five years in prison if convicted.
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