RICHMOND, Calif. (KTVU) - Police in Richmond are investigating the city's latest homicide.
The victim is 38-year-old Kishana Harley, her friends called her Harley. Richmond police found Harley's body inside her apartment at The Monterey Pines complex on Berk Avenue just before 10:00 a.m. Thursday.
Those close to Harley say she was a very well-liked woman who was a community organizer, a fighter for justice who had a passion for equal rights.
"She spoke her mind about the community. She spoke her mind about police brutality. She spoke her mind about violence in the community," says her friend Jack Bryson.
"She just wanted to be a part of this community. She had seen all the young lives that we are losing in our community,” says friend Benderick Foster.
Investigators say they were called to the home for a welfare check because friends last saw Harley at work on Monday.
Once inside officers found her already dead. With a lot of trauma to her body.
"She didn't know very many people out here so this is very surprising, very shocking for all of us. This is a deep, deep hurt for all of us and we just want answers," says friend Jansa Williams.
Police wouldn't release many details. However, those close to Harley say she was brutally killed, stabbed multiple times. Now many here are left with questions, wondering why anyone would harm their friend.
"They need to find out who did that and they need to keep the pressure on until they find out exactly what happened to her, says friend Patrica Perez.
"She was what our community needed. To see her inspiration, to be an example for other young folks of color, says friend Ledamien Flowers.
Police have not released any information about a suspect or motive.