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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Shot in the chest and left to die -- it's just one in a series of shameless robberies to happen in and around Louisville this week.
While it's unknown whether any of the cases are connected, police want you to know why robberies are on the rise and how to keep your family safe.
Ashley Tuggle remembers the joy in her mother's face: "That smile, that smile is just magical, I think...I know she's looking down and she's smiling right now...yeah."
It's in stark contrast to the agonizing way she died. 44-year-old Cynthia Johnson was shot in the chest around seven Monday night near the corner of 39th and Broadway.
Her family says Johnson, a recovering drug addict, was leading a group of four women to a church for a meeting when two men followed and assaulted and robbed one of the women after they left a convenience store.
Ashley Tuggle says, "She said you don't have to hit her, why, and they shot my mother and ran."
It's not the only brazen robbery in the area this week. Early Wednesday morning a customer was shot during a robbery at a Speedway off Taylor Boulevard and Central Avenue. Also, detectives say they're investigating whether a robbery led to the shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Shively on Sunday.
LMPD spokeswoman Carey Klain advises, "Whatever they're asking for, go on and give it up." LMPD expects robberies to rise as nightfall comes earlier and the holidays approach. Klain says, "You just can't even guess what the mindset of someone robbing a store might have been....Be observant of your surroundings especially if you're out at night alone."
Ashley Tuggle says, "She tried to protect this girl because she wasn't here long neither, she was like a mother figure." Tuggle says her mother moved to Louisville from Virginia to get clean and succeeded. She didn't want drugs to be her legacy.
Tuggle hopes the tragic end of her life won't be, either: "Please bring my mother's death to justice. I'm left alone out here. Only thing I lived for was for my mother."
Tuggle has set up a memorial at Republic Bank to help with her mother's funeral expenses.
There have been no arrests for that murder. If you have any information, call the tipline 574-LMPD.