Police are investigating the early-morning killing Saturday in Nicetown of a 46-year-old woman, a mother of nine who neighbors said was appreciated for her friendly demeanor and ready laugh.
Neighbors identified the victim as Rhonda Williams, a longtime resident of the neighborhood who often swept the street in front of her home and helped other residents look after their children.
"She was the greatest, she was the best," said Noonie Stevenson, a friend of Williams' who was visiting from Delaware. "She did not deserve to die like this."
Around 2 a.m. Saturday, police found Williams - shot once in the back of the head in an alley on the 4200 block of Wayne Avenue, near Brunner Street, police said.