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Tense vigil for D.C. mother shot in front of her kids

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DC Police had to move in quickly to keep a vigil for a young mother shot in front of her kids from erupting into violence.

As Desirae Ross and friends were setting up for a vigil Saturday outside Spingarn High School to honor her sister, Yolanda Stone, who died Sunday-- three months after being shot in the face--the mother of the prime suspect Reynard Cook showed up with her friends.

Tempers flared.

"Why is she here?" Ross cried, while being restrained by friends.

Selina Cook made a public plea for her son to turn himself in Friday.

"You know the right thing to do. Do what Jesus would do," Cook said.

Too little too late for Stone's family. Some said they feel relatives have been helping him hide for the last three months.

Stone was shot multiple times in February after arguing with Cook. The couple has three kids together.Two were waiting in a car nearby and saw their mother get shot.

"It's been three months," Ross said. "Why did my sister have to die before they asked him to turn himself in?"

Police separated the groups and sent Cook's friends to watch from the fence, and the tribute to Stone continued.

Ross wants everyone to remember how hard her sister fought to live, for her three kids.

"She fought to the end., until she took her last breath," Ross says.

Stone's funeral is set for Monday.

There's a $25,000 reward for information that help police locate Cook.

If you know anything, you're asked to call DC Police at 202-727-9009.


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