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Arrest made after Hemet mother stabbed to death for asking people doing drugs near her home to move

Hemet mother fatally stabbed for asking people doing drugs to move away from home; suspect arrested
Hemet mother fatally stabbed for asking people doing drugs to move away from home; suspect arrested 02:14

A mother of three was stabbed to death in Hemet earlier this week, after she reportedly asked a pair of people doing drugs outside of her home to move. 

Weems with her husband and three children.

The woman has been identified by family members as 28-year-old Shawna Weems. 

"Shawna was just a sassy, fierce, beautiful ray of sunshine," said her sister, Hailey Caristy.

According to Hemet Police Department, the incident happened on Monday at around 12:20 a.m., outside of Weem's apartment located in the 1000 block of South Gilbert Street. 

"Officers arrived on scene and located an adult victim suffering from several stab wounds," a statement from HPD said. "The victim ultimately succumbed to their injuries at the hospital."

A witness told KCAL News that the incident quickly escalated into a shouting match before the stabbing happened. The suspects are believed to have then fled in an RV. 

Family members say Weems was just looking out for her family when she asked the people to move away from the window where her children were sleeping. 

"Her kids were her ultimate pride and joy," Caristy said. Though they just met three years ago, after connecting with her online, she said it felt like they had grown up together. "Just seeing a mom so devoted to her children the way my sister was, it was just so amazing and refreshing."

On Friday, Hemet police announced that they had arrested 27-year-old Autumn Goodwin in connection with the crime after serving a search warrant at her home in the 600 block of Vista Del Monte. She was booked and is being held on $1 million bail. 

A vigil has been planned outside of the apartment complex where Weems was killed on Saturday at 6 p.m. 

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident can contact Detective Daniel Cortez at (951) 765-2433. 

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