Friday afternoon, a Brooklyn, NY woman lost her life in the ultimate sacrifice: Protecting children.

After picking up her 11-year-old daughter from school in Central Brooklyn’s tough Brownsville section, 34-year-old Zurana Horton heard shots ring out. Instinctively, Horton, a mother of 13, used her body to shield several children nearby and was fatally shot in the face and chest.

Although police are still investigating, authorities believe the gunman fired from a nearby rooftoop at a group of teens. Two other people–another woman picking up children and an 11-year-old child–were also shot, but both were treated and released.

This is a devastating blow to Horton’s family. Two of her brothers were also murdered–one in 1991 and another just last year–and her children are now left without their mother. Horton’s 16-year-old son said he and his mother  “were like best friends” and her family said Horton was planning on remarrying and moving out of the rough neighborhood soon.

A vigil was held for Horton Sunday night and the community is demanding answers. Residents have started a “start snitching” campaign to implore witnesses to come forward and help police find Horton’s killers.

One resident, Helen Lopez, said she joined the protest because Horton made the ultimate sacrifice.

“We’re trying to unite. She did it for our kids. She defended our kids. She protected them,” Lopez said.

There is a $15,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Horton’s killers.

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