Woman murdered in front of kids in the Bronx

December 7, 2009 10:23:47 PM PST
Where did her killer come from? Did he come from her sometimes troubled personal life, or did he come from her job as an ACS case worker who sometimes had to make painful decisions about other people's families? Someone shot Lakisha Scriven, 30, at point blank range in the back of the head and her two young daughters saw it all.

Mourners stood, hand in hand, in a circle on Monday night and prayed for Scriven. They lit candles for her. They left flowers for her. They wondered who could do this to her.

"Lakisha was a beautiful person. She was the light of the party. She was the light of the office. She always had a smile on her face. (She was) always lending a helping hand," one mourner said.

Scriven was killed on the street in front of the place where she lived on Furman Avenue just after 7:15 Monday morning.

Marie Singh will never forget the screams of Scriven's children.

"Mommy, mommy, mommy. I want my mommy," she said she heard them scream.

The two young daughters are just eight and five years old. They are now staying with family members.

Now, police are left to figure out what part of Scriven's life yielded someone capable of killing someone so loving.

Scriven worked as a child protective specialist with the Administration for Children's Services.