“No one is ever going to replace her,” friends, family remember mother found dead

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Friends and family are still in shock over the death of Laura Brooks, a 27-year-old mother of four.

“For this to happen, it’s just not welcomed and it will never be welcomed and it’s just really sad,” Savana Blake, a family friend, cried.

Her brother, Benjamin Brooks, got the devastating news early Friday morning.

“The worst moment of my life. The worst phone call anyone could ever get,” Benjamin cried.

The devoted mother was found dead in her apartment in the 5700 block of S. Agnew Thursday night after she did not pick up her kids from daycare.

“My heart sank because I had feared for the worst,” Benjamin said.

According to a police report, Laura had trauma to her face, head and had two black eyes.

Benjamin says his sister and her boyfriend, Devin Timmons, were in an abusive relationship.

He says he begged her to get out and find help.

“I personally called the police several times out to her house because I had been scared not for only my safety, but for hers and the kids,” Benjamin said.

The police report says a child told police they saw Timmons hurt their mother and that “she was in heaven now.”

Residents at the Country Club Apartments say the couple moved into an apartment there about a week ago.

Neighbors say they heard them fighting just one night before Laura was found dead.

“She came home in a gray van and she was beating on the door like the police, kicking on the door. He wouldn’t let her in,”  Stanley Maloy said.

Now, residents are trying to process what happened to their neighbor.

“It’s kind of surprising. It’s creepy, it’s kinda, it’s crazy,” Greg Benavidez said.

“Scared, I’m fixing to move. I’m going now to look for another place,” Maloy said.

While police continue their investigation, those who knew Laura are remembering her for being a good mother and great friend.

“She had a really kind heart. Her love for her children was just like…,” Blake cried.

“No one is ever going to replace her,” Benjamin said. “He has put her in the hospital a couple times. I just begged, ‘Laura, please.'”

So now, he’s begging those who may be in the same situation as Laura’s.

“I’ll never get back my sister. Just get out while you can, please. I’m begging you guys, just get out while you can.”

Police say Timmons was seen on surveillance video Thursday morning dropping Laura’s kids off in her van.

That van is missing.

It is a gray 2006 Honda Odyssey.

If you see it or Timmons, call police.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the victim’s family.

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