RICHMOND, Va. -- Jazzmen Johnson stood outside a Carytown funeral home, preparing for her aunt's memorial service. She said it is the last she wants to be with just three weeks until Christmas, though she is thankful for the outpouring of community support.
"It's hard,” she said.
Her aunt Tychelle Johnson was the dedicated mother of three who was found shot to death in her Richmond apartment Thursday.
She was found at her home off Jennie Scher Road in Fulton around 1:30 a.m., suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Tychelle was pronounced dead at the scene.
"How do you explain to a child that they're not going to see their mother again?" Johnson said.
She described Tychelle as someone who was always smiling, and who was a hard working mother.
"All she did was care for her kids," Johnson said.
Johnson was found
Many people from the community have come forward to help Tychelle's surviving three young children and family.
"It's great to have the community come up," Johnson said.
Richmond's Finest Auto Club has asked to adopt the family this holiday season, by providing clothes and toys.
Two nonprofits at Monday night's vigil also are donating toys to the family to make sure they have the best Christmas possible.
"There have been so many folks wanting to know what they can do and we want these young folks to have a great Christmas, as well as the other family members," said Charles Willis, Executive Director of United Communities Against Crime.
Another foundation, called "FutureNMind" started a GoFundMe to raise money for the children.
Richmond Police have not yet released information on a suspect, but according to a search warrant the male victim who was also shot told police he was inside the apartment when an unknown person started to shoot him and he shot back.
The documents also state that bullet fragments were found in the kitchen and a revolver was found in the bathroom.
"We deserve answers and we deserve justice," Johnson said.