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(BOSTON) — The widow of a Boston cardiac surgeon who was gunned down at his hospital in January has welcomed a baby girl.

Dr. Michael Davidson, 44, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, was shot on Jan. 21 when a lone gunman, Stephen Pasceri, 55, arrived at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston asking for him by name.

Pasceri, a patient’s son, shot Davidson before turning the gun on himself, officials said. Davidson succumbed to his injuries that night, leaving behind three children and his wife, who was 7 months pregnant.

“Michael was very much looking forward to the birth of this beautiful baby girl,” said Davidson’s wife, Dr. Terri Halperin, said in a news release from the hospital. “At a time when my children and I are completely heartbroken over the loss of Michael, we are finding joy in Mikaela’s arrival. We have been humbled and touched by the tremendous outpouring of love and support coming from family, friends, patients and all those kind-hearted souls who have been moved by Michael’s senseless death.”

Halperin gave birth on April 4, and named the baby Mikaela Jane Davidson. She’ll have the same initials as her dad, MJD, the hospital said. A fund has been established to help take care of the family after Davidson’s death.

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