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Young mother beaten to death in Niagara Falls home

Police searching for suspects
Posted at 5:03 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 03:54:44-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Niagara Falls family is questioning everything and everyone after their loved one was found murdered in her own home.

28-year-old Mariah Wilson, a mother of two was found beaten to death in her home on Lasalle Ave and 17th Street in Niagara Falls September 4.

“They’re saying it was between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. September 4,” said her cousin Julia Stevens.

Stevens says Wilson had called police that night to report there were people in her house who were unwelcome. Family says it wasn’t uncommon for friends and family to congregate on Wilson’s porch, but say no one was there that night.

“In the morning her daughter found her,” said Stevens.

It’s still unclear whether police stopped at the home to check on the situation after Wilson called them. Stevens says Mariah was an excellent mother, an essential worker who was always caring for others. Family says she had plans to leave Niagara Falls in the coming months.

“She was working really hard to move to South Carolina specifically to provide a better life for her children,” Stevens says.

Weeks later, with no one in custody the family wants to know who did this to Wilson, and want to know why Niagara Falls Police aren’t talking publicly about what happened.

“If someone in Lewiston was beaten to death in their own home, every town in Western New York would be talking about it. Who could have done something so horrible?”

Niagara Falls Police would not provide any information on the crime other than to say it’s an ongoing investigation. The Niagara County DA’s office is also investigating and confirmed this is a homicide case, but will not comment further.

A Go Fund Me has been set up for Mariah’s children.

A close friend of Mariah's is also selling bracelets reading, "Justice 4 Mariah." The bracelets are $5.00 a piece with proceeds going to Mariah's young children. To learn more, click here.