Crime Fighters: Who killed Shoni Sanders in West Philadelphia?

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A young mother is gunned down just inside the front door. Now, almost three years later, her parents are looking for answers to finally catch their daughter’s killer.

“Just a real go-getter, you know, big heart. It was like she was one of those that I stand up for the little person,” said her mother, Tara Thomas.

In 2019, 22-year-old Shoni Sanders was a new mom to then-3-year-old Zayden.

On the evening of Thursday, November 7, Zayden’s father stopped by Sander’s home at 5800 block Walton Avenue in West Philadelphia. Something Sanders’ father didn’t allow, fearing he might be the target of violence.

“I specifically told him not to come over to my house,” Jamie Sanders said.

Shortly before 7 p.m., Thomas says someone came to the door.

“I’m lying on the bed and less than 10 minutes later I hear the shots,” he said.

Zayden’s father and Sanders were both shot. Zayden hid under a table and wasn’t hurt.

“I ran downstairs when the shooting happened. His father was shot three times and he survived. Shoni was shot once in the heart and she passed,” Thomas said.

The city of Philadelphia is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for the arrest and conviction of those responsible. All you have to do is call the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS. All calls remain anonymous.

“Sometimes I look at her picture and just say, ‘Shoni, I’m sorry this happened to you,'” Sanders said.

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