Friends, Relatives Remember Murdered Woman

CLEVELAND – Police said that a Cleveland grandmother, who was found dead Thursday morning, was shot by her boyfriend, 19/43 News' Bill Safos reported.

Everyone who knew Vivian Washington couldn't bear to hear the news that the 50-year-old grandmother and mother had been shot to death in the basement of her East 105th Street home.

Washington's sister discovered Vivian's body.

"At 6 a.m., I heard a woman screaming, 'My baby, my baby,' and I heard an ambulance pull up," neighbor Kareem Dent said.

The ambulance arrived too late to do anything, so a coroner's van showed up and carried away the body as much of her family watched in disbelief.

"She helped out everyone in the neighborhood," the victim's godson Randall Little said.

"She was a second mom to my children," neighbor Toni Bigsby said. "She loved all kids, and took care of the kids in the whole neighborhood."

Detectives are still collecting evidence and talking with neighbors. Police said that they think Washington was arguing with her boyfriend.

"It escalated into gunfire, and the victim was shot several times by the boyfriend," Cleveland Police Lt. Sharon MacKay said.

Police said that they are searching for a brand new, gray 2002 Mercury Sable with four doors and a temporary tag. If you spot it, you are encouraged to give the Cleveland Police Department a call.