CHANNELVIEW, Texas -- Harris County investigators are trying to figure out who killed a mother of three.
It happened Wednesday around 6:50 a.m. on North Brentwood Street in Channelview.
"She shouldn't have been taken from me," said Gabrielle Gundacker, the victim's mother. "She's supposed to be taking care of her kids."
Family members identify the deceased mother as 33-year-old April Cobb. She was discovered by her 12-year-old twin daughter who walked into the bedroom and found her dead.
Deputies said Cobb was in her underwear and had a black shirt stuffed in her mouth.
"The girls got the picture of her in their mind when they found her," said Hank Gundacker, the victim's father.
"Why, why this would happen," said the victim's mother. "This happened on their birthday, so for the rest of their lives, their lives have changed forever."
The murder also happened the same day Cobb was supposed to testify on behalf of her ex-boyfriend, Aaron Paul Reid. He's in jail accused of assaulting her.
Now deputies are trying to figure out if Cobb's current boyfriend, Jerry Fain, had anything to do with her murder.
"According to the police who investigated and questioned everybody, they said that she was arguing with somebody through texts messages and the last message she got was, 'I'm coming for you,'" said Rhiannon Carabajal, a neighbor.
While investigators are trying to solve the case, three young sisters are left without a mother.
"I got to be blessed and treasured with my three granddaughters," said the victim's mother. "My daughter won't get that experience because someone took her from us."
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