Mother murdered in west Louisville shooting laid to rest

Published: May. 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM EDT|Updated: May. 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM EDT
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Makeba Lee and her 1-year-old son, Tishon Mimms (Source: Family photo)
Makeba Lee and her 1-year-old son, Tishon Mimms (Source: Family photo)
Tyson Mimms (Source: LMDC)
Tyson Mimms (Source: LMDC)
Cheetara Goldsmith (Source: LMDC)
Cheetara Goldsmith (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Family and friends poured into a west end church to say goodbye to a Louisville woman gunned down during Thursday's shooting that left 3 dead and three injured.

Monday, police also charged the woman who shot and killed 24-year-old Makeba Lee.

Police are staying tight lipped on this investigation, saying that it's a complex case and the investigation is evolving.

At Portland Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, family, friends, and complete strangers said goodbye to Lee.

"She was loving, very charming everyone liked her," said Lee's cousin Nigeria Judkins. "She wasn't hated out here."

"I think it's terrible what happened," said Anthony Brown. "We all need to come together get God in our life."

On Thursday afternoon, gunfire rang out on South 32nd Street. 24-year-old Tyson Mimms and 22-year-old Craig Bland Jr., were killed and two other men were injured.

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Mimm's girlfriend is Makeba Lee and the mother of his little boy. Lee rushed from the hospital back to the neighborhood after hearing that Mimms had been killed.

That's when Lee got into an argument with a woman named Cheetara Goldsmith.

Police say Goldsmith shot Lee multiple times in broad daylight in front of a crowd. An officer then shot and wounded Goldsmith.

Monday Goldsmith was charged with murder and wanton endangerment.

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"To do it in front if a number of police officers is totally just shocking," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

Police have received about 50 tips into the crime tip line.

They urge people in the community to help with information.

"We know that they had some background with each other and some issues," said LMPD Homicide Lt. Barry Wilkerson. "We need to sort through this on why this occurred."

"We know there were people out there who saw what occurred during the shooting," said LMPD Chief Steve Conrad. "For all we know there may be others involved incident at this point we don't know everything"

LMPD says they are concerned about retaliation. Several LMPD officers were present at Lee's funeral services.

"I'm not scared because I have God in my life," said Brown.

Sources say the shootings are the result of an ongoing dispute between the Mimms and Bland families that date back several years. Sources also say that Goldsmith is Bland's girlfriend.

When Goldsmith is released from the hospital she will be taken to Metro Corrections.

Bland Jr.'s funeral services will be held Tuesday at Perryman's Mortuary, 3237 W. Broadway.

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