Family Copes with Murder of Cheerleading Coach

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM EDT

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By Kendra Eaglin

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September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM EDT

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Buffalo, NY

Twenty-eight year old Lonnice Willis was stabbed to death Sunday, September 8, 2013 on the 600 block of Virginia Street just after 2:00 p.m.

Buffalo Police arrested 29 year old Nedra Jones later that night and charged her with second degree murder. Jones was currently dating the father of Willis' children according to Willis' family but they have no idea what lead to the brutal stabbing.

"I'm angry you know. I'm trying to understand what could possibly have been in this young lady's mind being that they didn't know each other. We understood that they never had a conversation even," said Barbara Saunders, Willis' grandmother.

"She had the biggest prettiest smile. I never knew how many people loved my daughter until she passed away," said Willis' mother.

Willis' family says on the day of the attack Willis was picking up her children who had been with their father.

Willis' children ages two, seven and 10 are dealing with the loss as best as they can and are receiving counseling.

The oldest child Eyonni comforted her grandmother during our interview.

Eyonni and her sister are continuing their mother's legacy cheering with B.A.S.E. the Buffalo All-Star Extreme competitive cheerleading squad Willis co-founded in June 2013 at the Crucial Community Center. It's the first cheerleading squad of its kind in the inner-city.

However, the kids at B.A.S.E need help to continue. They need mats and other equipment.

If you want to help you can send a donation to:

Buffalo All-Star Extreme (B.A.S.E.)
230 Moselle Street
Buffalo, NY 14211

Willis' funeral will be Monday at True Bethel Baptist Church.

A felony hearing was held Friday morning and Jones' case was transferred to the Grand Jury.