Mother of 5 gunned down on her doorstep with young kids inside

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 14, 2016) -- A mother of 5 is gunned down in front of her own home on Indy's northwest side.

Homicide detectives were called to the 5600 block of Dobbs Ferry Drive around 4 a.m., where they found a woman dead from a gunshot wound.

The victim’s family says the 40 year-old mother had just been returning home when someone shot her on the front porch and drove away.

“For someone to just to wait for her and gun her down and have her 5 kids see her like that, that was senseless,” said the victim’s cousin Ilisha Hood.

The victim is identified as Nerva Singleton.

Singleton bled to death on her porch.

Her children, who range in age from 24 to just 3-years-old, were inside the home at the time and heard the gunshots.

“Someone just plainly came and shot my mother down in cold blood, in front of the house where all the children could see. We watched our mother pass away this morning,” said the victim’s oldest daughter Jana Singleton.

Jana is the victim`s oldest daughter.

She`s also pregnant with Nerva`s second grandchild.

She can`t understand why anyone would want to kill her mom.

“I can`t. I don`t understand why someone would do it in cold blood, right where we live where the children sleep, I just don`t understand why,” said Singleton.

Police say the neighborhood where the shooting took place is not a high crime area.

Neighbors offered nothing but praise for the victim.

“From what I know she`s a pretty great mother you know,” said neighbor Gary Johnson.

“There`s gonna be a lot of people who miss her,” said Hood.

The family reported seeing a light-colored Ford Taurus drive away from the scene.

They hope someone knows what happened to Nerva and comes forward.

“Just do what`s right and bring justice to my family. Just make it right,” said Hood.

Police have not released any details on possible suspects or motive.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.