UPDATE: [1.25.2018] - Reward has been increased to $6,000.
PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) — Three days after a Pulaski County mother was shot and killed while holding her 5-year-old daughter, authorities and the family are asking for your help. They said they have no leads and no motive.
"Her laugh was so contagious, that's who she was," said Amber Harris, the victim's sister.
On Friday, Jan. 19, 30-year-old April Harris walked out to her car at her Pulaski County apartment complex, to take her four kids to school.
"Her kids were her life," Amber said.
She was carrying her 5-year-old when deputies said a man wearing all black and a ski mask approached her.
"Whoever this coward was," Amber said. "He was hiding in the bushes."
Her family said Harris' 5-year-old was shot first. Then, the shooter targeted April.
"She did not have time to yell or to comfort her baby," Amber said.
The 5-year-old survived, but April did not. The child is struggling to understand where her mother is.
"The youngest one keeps calling for her mommy. Saying my mommy's in heaven, I miss my mommy. And I pray with her and I tell her this is how we talk to mommy now. It's so hard how can I comfort her when I'm still grieving. It hurts my soul. And I can't breathe sometimes. How can I when I don't understand?" Amber said with tears running down her face.
Harris' brother, Dashonn Fleming lives in Hawaii. He woke up to a phone call on Friday.
"To wake up to that was a nightmare, to wake up to hear their mom screaming," Fleming said. "And you're on an island and you can't do anything. You can't jump on a boat or a plane you have to sit there and listen it's just horrible."
“I’ve lived in Little Rock all my life,” said Cassandra Gilbert, a family friend. “And I’ve never seen a family hurt like this family has been hurt.”
The family is coming together to ask for help. "I don't believe that nobody saw nothing," Amber said.
They said someone saw something, someone told someone.
"My sister was executed," she said. "My sister was executed like she had been tried like a judge and jury."
Despite the anger and heartache, the family has a message for the shooter that might surprise you.
"I want him to know that I do forgive him," Fleming said. "I want him to know there is help out there. You can get help.”
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 501-340-TIPS. There's a $6,000 reward and you can remain anonymous. There's also a GoFundMe page set up for the family.
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