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Community mourns the loss of slain West Haven mother

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The body of Keneata Nicholas, 26, was found on Saturday morning at her apartment on Coleman Street. (Submitted/WFSB) The body of Keneata Nicholas, 26, was found on Saturday morning at her apartment on Coleman Street. (Submitted/WFSB)
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police in West Haven are still looking for the person accused of killing a young mother over the weekend.

The body of Keneata Nicholas, 26, was found on Saturday morning at her apartment on Coleman Street. Police said her body was found with significant injuries after a welfare check.

The apartment complex is a close-knit one, where children and parents mingle and many residents said they knew Nicholas and her children. Neighbors called Nicolas “Keke.”

“I'm still in shock, I can't even sleep. I'm still in shock,” said Nika Mims, who was friends with Nicholas.

Mims said their children would often have play dates together.

“The kids love her and I really feel badly for them,” Mims said.

Police said Nicholas’ infant son may have witnessed the entire incident, as he was inside of the home when his mother was killed.

Eyewitness News learned that Nicholas’ daughter is with her biological father, while her son is in the care of his mom’s legal guardian, Patricia Folson.

Folson was the woman who went to check on Nicholas on the morning she died, and said she was just minutes too late.

“I talked to her at 7:05 this morning, so it happened very quickly. I got here at 7:25, so it happened around that time,” Folson said.

The West Haven community is coming to grips with the loss, as their children all knew Keke and are now wondering where she went.

“She's in heaven now. So when you go to school, they might have counseling for you, with her daughter being in the same school and class,” Mims said is what she told her children.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, but assures the community that they are not at risk, leading some to believe this may stem from a domestic issue.

“I wish I could've seen something, but never did,” Mims said.

While police are still investigating, friends are making a very strong appeal to the neighbors, asking if anyone heard anything out of the ordinary in the days leading up to the incident to call police.

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