A woman found dead inside a car with its engine running Saturday morning has been identified as 46-year-old Annette Plater of Omaha.
Police called to 31st and Franklin at 4 a.m. to investigate a suspicious vehicle found Plater inside. Shell casings were found nearby.
"To see this happen, it's very disturbing because she's a lovely person,” said her sister Delena Winston, visiting from Chicago. “All I know is this is my sister and she will be loved and missed.”
The family saw officers working about a block away from Annette’s house early Saturday morning. “And they say she was slumped over in the car and the car was parked. The lights were on and I don't know how the car got parked.”
Her family can't understand why this happened. "I'm a little disturbed as to why someone would do this. The world may not love folk the way you love them so they're careless with someone's life. What's precious to me may not be precious to you, but she was my sister."
Plater was known for her love of everyone, especially children. The family is relying on their faith in God, believing Annette is in a better place. They said someone knows what happened. "I hope that justice is served. A dog doesn't even deserve to be shot like that."
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP. You may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. You don't have to give your name or phone number.