ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A Roxboro family is mourning the loss of a mother who was killed in her sleep on Friday morning when multiple gunshots were fired at her family’s home. 

According to Roxboro Chief of Police David Hess, officers responded to a “shots fired” call just before 2 a.m. in the area of Stone Drive. Officers arrived at the scene to find “numerous shell casings” near a home in the 1300-block of Graham Drive. They then located Angela Jeffress, 56, dead from multiple gunshot wounds. 

Hess said investigators believe Mrs. Jeffress was an innocent victim of the shooting.  

It’s unclear at this time if the shooting was a drive-by or not. 

“This is a heartbreaking tragedy, someone’s mother, an innocent mother was murdered last night over a senseless act of violence,” Hess said. “We’re pleading with the community, give us information, and bring some peace to this family.”

Jeffress’ husband, MurRay Jeffress, said he was at work Friday morning when he got the call that someone had fired multiple shots at his home. 

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“When I got here, the police told me my house had been shot up, my wife had been shot multiple times and they couldn’t save her,” Jeffress said. 

Mrs. Jeffress’ teen son was also home when the shooting happened, but he was not hurt. 

Jeffress said his wife was a mother of two and she was about to retire from GKN Driveline, a manufacturing company in Timberlake, NC where she worked on the assembly line for 28 years. 

Jeffress said his wife would do anything for anyone. 

“She was the best person in the world,” Jeffress said. “Sometimes we would go without food, just to give someone else food. This just isn’t right; this just isn’t right. She didn’t cause problems for anybody.”. 

Jeffress said his family is waiting for justice and asking that if anyone knows anything to call the police. 

“The only thing she might’ve been guilty of was being asleep at 2 o’clock in the wrong place,” Jeffress said. 

 This is the city of Roxboro’s tenth shooting of the year and the city’s first homicide of the year. 

Anyone with information or tips in this case is asked to call investigators at 336-599-8345 or the Tip Line at 336-322-6072.