Loved ones seek answers after Phoenix mother of 4 found dead in apartment

A homicide investigation is underway in Phoenix after officers responded to reports of crying children on the porch of an apartment - and found the kids' mother inside dead.

According to Phoenix Police, officers responded just before 7:30 p.m. on May 17 to the apartment near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road and found two unsupervised toddlers, ages 2 and 3, on the porch.

"Trying to communicate with these children…we’re trying to talk to them and have them go to the front door of the apartment, and we just weren’t able to get them to do that," said Sergeant Ann Justus with the Phoenix Police Department.

Once inside the apartment, officers found the victim, 30-year-old Shavone Robinson, with obvious signs of trauma. A 4-week-old infant was also found inside the apartment. Officials say there were no signs of forced entry.

Investigators say Robinson is the mother of the children.

All three children were taken to a hospital for evaluation. They are in good condition and have been released.

"Our hearts go out to those children," Justus said. "You hope they’re not old enough to remember, but even if they don’t remember the incident, their childhood is going to be surrounded by this incident."

Detectives are working to determine what led up to the murder and find the culprit.

Shavone Robinson

Shavone Robinson (Credit: Kika Robinson)

Shavone's older sister says she was a great mother.

"She takes care of her kids, that’s what she posts on social media," said sister Kika Robinson. "Anyone that knows Shavone knows her kids."

Neighbors at the complex on Camelback and 19th Avenue were stunned.

"Especially having a mother taken away like that," said one neighbor. "That’s very sad. Heartbreaking. Honestly scary…because I have little kids."

"She’s a good person, a mother always first, daughter, sister," said the victim's sister. "If anyone has any information we want them to come forward."

There are no suspects at this time, officials say. Anyone with information is asked to contact Phoenix Police.

Kika Robinson said the family is planning a candlelight vigil for Shavone and a GoFundMe for the children.

Shavone leaves behind a fourth son, who is set to graduate from kindergarten tomorrow.

Support the family's GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/142f5082

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