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Family makes plea for Mother's killer to come forward

Ashley Tuggle Ashley Tuggle
The church the women were heading toward. The church the women were heading toward.
Cynthia Johnson Cynthia Johnson

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The daughter of Louisville's latest homicide victim is making a plea for those who know who killed her mother to come forward.

Cynthia Johnson, 44, was shot and killed Monday evening at 39th Street and Broadway.

Ashley Tuggle said her mother was with a group of five women heading to a meeting when a group of men tried to rob them. When her mother stood up to them, that's when she was shot.

One look at Johnson and you can't miss her most appealing trait, her smile. "That smile, it's just magical. I think and I'm blessed with that smile," said Tuggle who is clinging to the feature now. "That's why I know she's looking down. She's smiling at me right now."

Monday night Johnson and her group had just left a store a few blocks away from where she was killed when Tuggle said they were approached by a group of men who took one of the women's phones and then punched her in the mouth. It's an action Tuggle said her mother wouldn't stand for, "She stood up and she said you don't have to hit her. They just shot my mother and ran."

Along with that great smile, Tuggle said her mother also radiated strength. She moved to Louisville from Richmond, Virginia eight years ago to start over. Tuggle said Johnson had been sober for a year and made it her mission to encourage other women who were fighting the same battle. "Anyone you talk to about my mother will let you know that she saved them. She gave them strength to continue to keep moving forward."

She said now it's time for others to find the strength her mom had and turn in her killers, "Please bring my mother's death to justice. I'm left alone out here."  

Louisville Metro Police won't release any details of what happened Monday night, only that there was an altercation before Johnson was killed. If you have any information that could help their investigation call (502) 574-LMPD.

If you'd like to help Tuggle pay for her mother's funeral, you can do so at any Republic Bank under the Cynthia Johnson Memorial Fund.

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