SHIVELY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shively police are investigating after a mother of two children was fatally shot Thursday evening.

Shively police tell WDRB the woman was found Thursday evening in the back yard of her home. The home is located in the 3300 block of Fernheather Drive, near Cane Run Road and Ralph Avenue.  

She's been identified as 48-year-old Gloria Ross. She was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday night of several gunshot wounds.

Barry Cardine says he last spoke to his sister Thursday morning when she was at work.

He says she was having marital problems with her husband of 10 years.

"She said she wanted a divorce and you got to go, and later on, I called her. Couldn't get an answer on the phone. Came over once, went back home, laid down and thought about it. My sister hasn't called me yet," said Barry Cardine, the victim's brother.

He and two other family members discovered she had been fatally shot, and was lying in the backyard by her pool.

Word quickly began to spread.

"I was studying my Bible and I got a phone call from a neighbor. How the neighbor knew, I don't know. But she called and said it wasn't good news, and she told me what had happened, and from there, I started making phone calls," said Rose White, a family friend.

Rose White is the grandmother to one of Gloria Ross's two sons.

She says Ross was a great mother.

"She was a very sweet person. I've known her since she was going to school with my son and they had their first child together, which is Reggie, and she's always been around. Always been a part of our lives," said Rose White.

"She's a struggling mother of two, got a career. Made good. Worked for the federal building," said Barry Cardine.

On Friday afternoon, the victim's family gathered together in front of her home.

So far, police tell WDRB they haven't been able to make contact with her husband, and that a suspect hasn't been named.

They also say Ross's car was missing from her home Thursday evening.

Her brother is hoping whoever is responsible will come forward.

"That was definitely wrong. That was the cowardly way," said Barry Cardine.

An autopsy was planned for Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Shively Police. 

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