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Woman shot, killed while driving her mother home from hospital

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(10/17/12) - Deb Coleman was just feet from where she was headed Tuesday night. 

She never made it to her mother's home on Edwards Avenue. 

Flint Police believe at least one person was standing near an empty home, shot at the car several times, and then took off on foot.  

She was shot and killed. Her mother and sister were with her in the car, but were not injured.

It happened around 10:40 p.m., Tuesday, in the 5600 block of Edwards Avenue. That's near Mott Avenue on the city's northside.

"She became victimized just because she turned onto the street at the wrong moment.  That's why my aunt was killed," says Pamela Coleman.

Pamela, standing on that same street hours later, can't even begin to make sense of her murder.

"It's not as if she had upset someone. She was truly a victim. She merely turned the corner at the wrong moment," Pamela says.

Pamela says her family is now focused on getting Deb's sons home. One is away at school, she says and the other lives out of town. Deb had worked at a nearby Walmart for years, Pamela says.  

"Just a wonderful personality. She tried to share that and convey that spirit into everyone she came in contact with," she says. "She was truly just a loving person."

Pamela, who works at Flint 911, says they had recently had a conversation about the crime in Flint and the condition of the city.

"We were hopeful. There has to be a point it stops and things start to turn back around. And that's where we were, believing that, " Pamela says. "She was taken from us believing that."

She is the city's fifty-seventh homicide of 2012.

Flint saw its highest number of homicides ever in 2010.  There were 66.

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