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Leila Edwards was found shot to death Saturday at her home in the Miller neighborhood of Gary.

GARY — A woman was found dead of gunshot wounds Saturday morning, county officials said.

The Lake County coroner's office said at 9:15 a.m. it was dispatched to the 7200 block of East First Avenue, where Leila Edwards, 43, was found with gunshot wounds.

Edwards was pronounced dead at 10:22 a.m. The office has ruled the manner of death a homicide.

A neighbor of Edwards, Jamaal Means, said she was "very nice and outgoing."

"I would never suspect anything like this would happen," he said. "It is a shock."

The shooting remains under investigation. 


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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.