Family of woman killed in her home raise money for her children – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The family of a woman who was shot in her southwest Baltimore home is asking for help to support her three children.
Sophia Wilks, 40, was murdered inside her Linnard Street home on April 5. Her children were at home at the time of the shooting. One of them called 911.
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The shots woke up a neighbor who also lives on Linnard Street but did not want to be identified.
An officer asked the neighbor if the children could use her bathroom and while they did, one of Wilks’ children told her what had happened.
“Mom came downstairs. Someone had knocked on the door and she was closing the door, but they put their foot in the door to prevent it from closing,” the neighbor told WJZ. “And they pushed her away, and they started shooting at the house.”
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Her sister, Andrea, says she is struggling to cope with the shock and devastation of losing her sister.
“My soul aches,” she said. “You know, it was my sister.”
Andrea said she was still in shock over the painful loss of Sophia Wilks.
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“I feel so hurt because it’s, like, someone’s boldness, you know?” she says. “Breaking into your house and taking you away like that, you know, while your kids were home. How dare you do such a thing?”
Baltimore police have yet to make an arrest in the case.
Gov. Larry Hogan doubled the reward for information leading to an arrest to $16,000.
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As the investigation continues, Andrea focuses on Wilks’ children.
“She would want the best for her children,” Andrea said. “She was one of those moms who took their kids to every event, to the zoo, to the aquarium, to the Science Center. She took those kids everywhere.
Sophia’s family set up an online fundraiser for the children to help them cope with the loss of their mother.
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“She won’t be there for birthdays, graduations, births, weddings, you know. She’s gone, Andrea said.