Family, friends release balloons to remember woman killed - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Family, friends release balloons to remember woman killed

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HILLSBORO, TX (KXXV) -

Family and friends of Deonshira "Deon" Slider released balloons Thursday night in her honor. 

"She was a beautiful young lady.  In her 27 years I never heard anything negative about her," Tomeka Womack, Slider's cousin, said. "She was always a good girl. Smiling, loved taking pictures."

"[She] liked to have fun. Didn't bother nobody," Kenneth Wallace, Slider's boyfriend, said. "All about her baby son Ethan. He was her world."

Slider was shot and killed outside the Crestridge Apartments in Hillsboro on the morning of Feb. 23. 

Family and friends lit candles and released pink and white balloons outside the apartment where she died, saying "Deon, we love you! We'll see you on the other side."

"Cold-blooded murder like shooting an animal down for no reason," Joe Lee Brooks Jr., Slider's grandfather, said.

Brooks and the rest of Slider's family are still trying to wrap their minds around what happened.

"A lot of emotions. A lot of emotions," Casaundra Washington, Slider's mother, said.

The family said not only are they dealing with Slider's death, they are also reminded of her brother's death. Slider's brother died 12 years ago on Feb. 24. Slider died just one day earlier.

"I have no kids now. Both of my babies are gone," Washington said. "I do have a grandbaby now. My grandbaby has my son's name and he comes from my daughter so I've got to hold on for him, if nothing else. I've got to."

DPS is offering a $2,000 reward for any information about the deadly shooting.

The family is asking for anyone with information to come forward.

"We want justice," Womack said. "If you saw anything, if you have any type of evidence, please talk to the police."

Anyone with information can call Hillsboro Police Department Detective Jose Orozco at (254) 582-8406.

No one has been arrested. 

"I just hope you get what you deserve. That's it. It's coming. That day is coming. It might not be now, next week. But it's coming. You will face this," Washington said.

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