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A mother was shot more than 20 times while sleeping on her couch. Her family is looking for answers

Posted at 9:40 AM, Aug 14, 2019

ROSEDALE, Md. — A woman was shot more than 20 times while sleeping on her couch in Rosedale, Maryland.

For months, the family of 23-year-old Kitera Bishop has been hoping that something or somebody would come forward and break this case.

Kitera’s sister Layla remembers when she got the call that night in May and doesn’t want the case to go cold.

“Just to think somebody took her life in the comfort of her own home on her own couch with her son in the house as well,” Layla said. “He was there ... it’s disturbing to me.”

Kitera was targeted through a screen door, and her boyfriend was shot in the hand during the incident.

Baltimore County Police say any potential suspects were gone by the time they got there.

“Her baby is three. She had a good job. It’s not like she was outside in the street,” Layla said. “I just want people to know it was not for her. If you know anything, please just reach out to somebody.”

The sisters are a couple of years apart, but Layla says they were like twins.

“She was so rambunctious, she was spontaneous, but she was also down to earth. She worked hard," Layla said. "She worked at a hospital as well. She was actually a manager of her department."

Her family keeps her memory alive, carrying her love to her young son.

“I tell him all the time, 'mommy loves you,' " Layla said. "Mommy’s in your heartbeat because she loved him."

The tragedy has left a 3-year-old growing up without a mother, and a sister who will never be able to hear songs the same or laugh the way she did with her best friend.

“It doesn’t have to be a police officer; it could be a friend of a friend of a friend. Lord knows Baltimore is so small," Layla said. "It could be somebody who just knows me. Just give me something because she’s not here to give me anything.”

The suspect(s) fled the scene before officers arrived, so police are asking anyone with any additional information to call (410) 307-2020 or submit a tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

This story was originally published by Eddie Kadhim on WMAR .