Family, friends mourn woman killed who interrupted burglary

LAS VEGAS - The search continues to find the burglars who police say killed a woman in front of her northwest Las Vegas home Wednesday afternoon.

The coroner identified her as 60-year-old Sheri Aoyagi.

The shooting happened just outside her home on Morely Ave. near Torrey Pines Drive and Smoke Ranch Road after Sheri and her wheelchair bound husband, Stan, returned home from lunch and saw an unknown car in their driveway.

Metro said as Sheri Aoyagi got out of the car and started walking towards the house, two men came out of the front door. One of the men went to the car parked in the couple's driveway, pulled out a handgun and shot Sheri. A shattered window shows where another bullet struck Aoyagi's car .

The burglars then drove away. Her husband watched the events unfold in front of him.

"His whole world is gone. She was everything to him," said Christina Detisch with animal rescue group, A Home 4 Spot.

"She's the most loving and giving person I've ever met and that's the way she lived her life," said Priest Orsburn Stone, Iglesia Cristo Rey Catholic Church.

Sheri Aoyagi worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines. When not traveling, the animal lover spent time, not only caring for her husband but, volunteering with A Home 4 Spot Animal Rescue.

"She was one of our few large breed handlers," Detisch said. "She handled these dogs like you wouldn't believe."

Detisch says she met Sheri about two years ago. Sheri volunteered often and helped rehabilitate a few dogs like a German Shepard, named Conan. 

"She provided a lot of care and love to them. Showed them that people are gentle."

The rescue group now wants to return the favor.

"How we can help with their animals and him and how we can assist him," Detisch said.

Assisting her husband the same way Sheri helped another person hours before her murder.

"She went with me to help clean someone's house and she wanted to do it," said neighbor Deborah Hartman.

A giving heart gone too soon.

"The world's gone crazy," Priest Stone said. "People need to essentially get back to the bible." 

Police are looking for two people described as black male adults, possibly in their 20’s.

The suspect car described as a white Chrysler 300 was later found unoccupied in the 6600 block of West Washington Avenue.

The burglars got into the home by breaking a small window by the door and reaching inside to unlock it. A safe was stolen, according to Stan.


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