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Mother Of Three Gunned Down In North Dade Home

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) - The search is on for two armed men who killed a mother of three inside her northwest Miami-Dade home Tuesday morning.

Namor Jones, the victim's brother, is pleading for the public's help.

"These gunmen shouldn't be out there running around on the street," Jones told CBS4's Peter D'Oench.

Click here to watch Cynthia Demos' report. 

The two masked man stormed into the home at 2443 N.W. 90th Street around 8 a.m, according to detectives, and began shooting. Atavia Jones, 38, who was hit multiple times, died before help could arrive.

Jones raced to his sister's home when he heard what had happened.

"It tears me up," he said. "It tears me up."

"She was a wonderful person, she never got into any trouble, she had a nine to five job and I don't understand why this happened," said Namor Jones. "She was a loving, caring mom. She always came to you if you needed help or anything. There wasn't anything she wouldn't do. This was so unexpected."

Jones said he's trying to remain strong for his family. His mother and two surviving sisters and Atavia's uncles joined more than a dozen family members at the crime scene.

"What's going through my mind? God. That's the only thing going through my mind. It keeps me sane and stable, to stand here and be able to hold my mom when she cries. I can't be the guy that is falling down and crying, my mom needs somebody to hold on to," said Jones.

Jones said two years ago he lost another sister in a violent act. Police said Shuneeque Jones died after she was stabbed 55 times by 25-year-old next-door neighbor Emile Senghor.

Shuneeque Jones, coincidentally, was also 38 years old when her life was taken.

"I thought about my other sister, right away, the one that got stabbed up in Miramar. I thought about her immediately. It just brought back bad memories," said Jones.

Jones said Miami-Dade Police are limiting what they are telling the family.

"I am hearing that there was another home invasion late last night, a home invasion on another person and I think that it may be related," Jones said.

He also said he had questions for his sister's boyfriend who was in the home at the time of the shooting and who was not hurt and who left the crime scene without talking to Jones' family.

"It was a home invasion," he said. "He opened the door and someone shot her. But I heard her boyfriend was laying down and didn't get a mark or scratch on him. I think he knows something. I think there was something that he had to have that they were after."

Jones has asked the public to help police find the men who killed his mother.

"We need to speak out a little bit. If you've seen something like this you should speak out. These guys should be allowed to run around on the streets. They tried something and it didn't work out as they planned so now the consequences are catching up with them," said Jones.

Jones said his sister had two daughters who are 9 and 15 and said her 20-year-old son is in the U.S. Army.

Anyone with information on this shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.


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