A young working mother found dead in her home in the city’s Mayfair section Thursday night has been identified as 25-year-old Lexus Jawanda Brice.
Police at first said Brice had died from blunt-force injuries but later reported that she had been shot in the neck.
Shortly before 6 p.m., police responded to the 4100 block of Levick Street for a reported burglary in progress and found the victim on a bed in a second-floor bedroom, which was in disarray from an apparent struggle, said Capt. John Walker. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Walker said the victim was a bus-company employee and the biological mother of two children and foster mother of three. The children were with a babysitter at the time.
The victim’s mother called police after she had come home from work and noticed that the door to the basement had been damaged. She had not heard from her daughter since early Thursday morning.
Walker said the victim may have known her assailant.