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Family seeks tips in Minneapolis mother's stabbing death

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The son of a woman who was stabbed to death inside her home just a few days after Christmas is speaking out in the hopes that someone in the community will provide a tip that leads to her killer.

Family members of Lolita Malone say they believe someone knows something that could lead to an arrest in her death on Dec. 27, and the community came together to express anger, frustration and mourning over the weekend.

"We, as a community, have become desensitized to violence. We need to wake up. Now is the time," said Pastor Harding Smith. "We need to let our voices be heard. We are sick and tired of senseless murders in our community."

A vigil was held in the 2300 block of Queen Avenue North over the weekend to urge anyone with information in Malone's death to come forward.

"We are tired of the murders. We are tired of the violence. We have a son today who's here grieving because his mother was murdered," Smith said.

Malone's son, 26-year-old Jonathan Campbell, tried to describe the agony of his loss at the vigil, saying, "This is my mother. It's been the hardest time of my life. This is a tragedy. The pain is overbearing."

Police say 43-year-old Malone was found fatally stabbed inside her home during the early morning hours on Dec. 27.

"I'm going to miss everything about her," Campbell said. "Everything -- her smile, our ups and downs."

Malone leaves behind two children and a boyfriend who community members say was sleeping inside the home the night of the slaying; however, no one has been arrested in the case so far. That's why the family is hoping someone will speak up soon.

"We need to bring closure to this family," Smith said. "This family is grieving. They're asking for answers, and if anyone out there knows anything concerning this murder -- this crime, please call the police. That doesn't make you a snitch. That makes you a good citizen."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Minneapolis Police Department or call 612-692-TIPS.

Sgt. Stephen McCarty told FOX 9 News someone who is currently held in the Hennepin County Jail or may not be involved in the crime, but no further information was given.

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