A woman was found bleeding on a sidewalk early Sunday morning, dying from stab wounds. While police search for her killer, neighbors are trying to make sense of her brutal death.
Witnesses say the woman's screams for help were so loud that even people in units clear across the apartment complex heard them, but unfortunately it was too late.
"I was asleep and I heard the lady say 'help' real loud.. help! help! And I just thought it was somebody, but then it was loud.. and then it just faded away.. her voice got lower," said Denise Brown, a neighbor.
Just after 3:00 a.m., Phoenix police responded to a stabbing at 8000 S. Central Avenue.
"Witnesses heard a woman screaming in the complex and also banging on an apartment door," said Sgt. Vince Lewis.
The victim, desperate for help, tried to get the attention of neighbors.
"She was laying on the ground and she was dead. She was dead right then," said Brown.
But police say it was too late and the young woman succumbed to her injuries.
"So this is an ongoing open homicide investigation at this point, so we're asking anybody that may have heard or see anything to please call police or Silent Witness and they may remain anonymous," said Lewis.
Neighbors say this sort of thing just doesn't happen here.
"This was surprising to me because I lived here two years and I never seen nothing like this," said Brown.
Police say even if you live in a safe neighborhood, always be ready to call for help.
"Often times, people will see a large investigation and think we've already talked to somebody who knows what they know and that's not always the case. Your information is always valuable," explained Lewis.
The suspect is still out there and police have no leads.
If you have any information about this case, call Silent Witness. You can remain anonymous and receive a cash award for tips leading to an arrest or indictment.
TIP LINE: (480) WITNESS