PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A homicide investigation is underway after a woman was found dead inside a home on Ontario Street, according to Providence Police Major David Lapatin.
Lapatin said the woman has not been identified and her cause of death is unknown. Friends of the victim were on the scene and said the woman is 44 years old.
“There was a female that was reported missing,” Lapatin said. “She was found in the house. She was deceased.”
Lapatin said the woman’s family found her inside the home on Friday night. Police confirm that the woman has been dead for over 24 hours.
It is the city’s eighth homicide of 2017.
Clement Shabani, the project manager for Women’s Refugee Care, said the woman had just moved to the United States with her family within the past two years.
“She came here from the Congo, with a transition in Uganda for almost 10 years with refugees in the refugee camp,” Shabani said.
Shabani said the victim was working at a Chinese restaurant in Providence and was eager to learn English. She lived with her four kids in the home on Ontario Street and was recently separated from her husband.
“As a young mom, with four kids, she was planning many things for the future, and for the future of her kids,” Shabani said.