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UPDATE: Autopsy results released in death of 6-year-old

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Edward Mwaura (Booking photo from unrelated incident courtesy St. Joseph Co. Police) Edward Mwaura (Booking photo from unrelated incident courtesy St. Joseph Co. Police)

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released the names and autopsy results of the people involved in the murder of a 6-year-old girl in South Bend.

Lieutenant Dave Wells said officers were dispatched to the Irish Hills Apartments off Ireland Road near Ironwood just after 5am Sunday morning.

When they got there, they found 32-year-old Lucy Mundia bloody in the parking lot. She told officers that her 6-year-old daughter was inside her apartment with her husband, 33-year-old Edward Mwaura.

Officers went into the building and found blood in the hallway and on the walls. They called for Mwaura to come out and then heard a girl screaming from inside.

That's when they kicked in the door and saw a gruesome scene.  "At that time officers found the suspect adult male on top of the juvenile stabbing her repeatedly," said Wells.

Wells said it was an ongoing attack that officers had to respond to immediately.  "To stop the attack one officer fired his issued weapon hitting the suspect.  The suspect died at the scene."

The girl, Lucy's daughter Shirley Mundia, was taken to the hospital, where she died.  The Lucy Mundia suffered cuts and stab wounds. She was treated and released from Memorial Hospital.

Autopsy results, released Monday, say Shirley died from "multiple sharp force injuries."  Mwaura died from multiple gunshot wounds and a stab wound to the chest according to the same report.

Wells said officers deal with tragedy all the time but those involving kids are especially tough.  "It makes it more difficult especially when the policemen have young children."

A neighbor, Angela Saboski, called the whole thing "devastating."  "It's just heartbreaking.  Kids are so precious."  So she wanted to do something, "a friend and I brought some flowers and a couple teddy bears and a candle just for the little girl."  Because Saboski said this never should have happened to a child.  "She didn't deserve it so she deserves something to remember her by."

Monday, the memorial for Shirley was growing. Many laid flowers and teddy bears, including Sabrina Floyd.

The situation hits close to home for her, "I grew up in a abuse and I've been in an abusive relationship and it's not easy," says Floyd.

Floyd says she luckily got out of her situation, but she understands, leaving can be difficult.

"Sometimes you just love someone to the point where you just don't want to leave. I understand that you never think that someone can actually hurt your child," says Floyd.

Court documents show Edward Mwaura was booked and released just last Thursday at the St. Joseph County jail on a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy.

He appeared in court Friday.

The Department of Child Services says it's had contact with the family, but they didn't release specifics.

Floyd says she hopes even in this tragic situation, at least a little bit of positivity comes out of it.

"I hope that abused women will see the end, the danger of staying with an abusive man and I also hope that men will see the issue of anger," says Floyd.

At this time, police don't know what the argument was over.  The investigation is ongoing.

Wells said the family is originally from Africa and there was a language barrier, but officers got over that.

They don't know how long the family has lived in the area and at this time.

A vigil is planned to remember Shirley Mundia.  It is Wednesday evening at 6:00pm at the tree where people are leaving flowers and teddy bears.  That's right across from the Irish Hills Apartments' leasing office.  Everyone attending is asked to bring a candle.

Shirley Mundia was a student at Veritas Academy in South Bend and graduated from kindergarten, Friday.

The school released this statement on its website:

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our Kindergarten students Shirley Mundia, she was a bright outgoing student who got along and was well liked by everyone.

As our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mundia family and the students at Veritas we will be providing counseling services on Tuesday from 5-7 pm.

We also have a card for any of our students and family members to sign, feel free to stop by the school between 8-3pm to sign the card or drop off your condolences.

We will forward information about the funeral arrangements as soon as we have details.

Please continue to keep the Mundia family in your thoughts and prayers. You may also contact the International Crisis Incident Stress Management Foundation at 1-410-750-9600, to speak with a counselor. "
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