New Orleans, La. - Friends gathered Thursday in the shadows of the Gentilly house where a mother and her two adult children were killed.
The 39-year-old mother, identified by family members as Christine George, was a 911 operator for the NOPD. Police say she was shot several times and killed along with her adult daughter and son.
"I'm traumatized by this. They woke me up at 12:30 in the night to tell me my sister and her kids got shot," says Patrick Preston.
Family members tell FOX 8 Christine George's 20-year-old daughter Trisa and her 18-year-old son Leonard had picked their mom up from work Wednesday night. Police say all three victims were found shot to death inside of the garage of the home.
"To take three family members away from me, it's devastating," says Preston.
"She did everything she could as a parent, as a single parent who struggled," says Fran Harvey.
Friends say Christine George loved her job and they say it was fitting that, as an operator, she answered the calls of others. They say she never hesitated to help family and friends.
"Everybody would say she would feed them and bring them wherever they needed to go," says Preston.
Fran Harvey says Christine's daughter told her something troubling last week.
"She said, nanny, I'm scared. I said, why are you scared? She said, I'm just scared but don't say anything because my mom is coming," says Harvey.
Harvey says she had no idea it would lead to murder.
Police named Shawn Peterson as a person of interest in the case. Preston turned himself in and was questioned by investigators. He was later released.