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Answers sought after young mom's body left inside burning home

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Police won't confirm 22-year-old Latisha Hare was pregnant, but family members say she was 13 weeks along in her pregnancy. Police won't confirm 22-year-old Latisha Hare was pregnant, but family members say she was 13 weeks along in her pregnancy.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Grieving family members are searching for the person who killed a young mother and her unborn child.

Police won't confirm 22-year-old Latisha Hare was pregnant, but family members say she was 13 weeks along in her pregnancy.

Family members and friends created a memorial outside a vacant home near South 14th Street and Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, KS.

They don't know why her body was found inside the home or who is responsible for her death. Now, they are asking anyone with information to come forward.

"I'm going to miss her every day," said Hare's mother, Dennise Hare, who last spoke to her daughter on Jan. 31. "She didn't call for two days. So I started worrying about her and started calling everywhere."

On Feb. 3, firefighters got a call to put out a fire inside the vacant home. Once inside, they found Latisha Hare's body. Police say it was obvious she was the victim of a homicide.

"That morning, when I was going to work, I saw it on the news about a young lady and a fire. I just knew. My heart just knew," Dennise Hare said.

The fire was likely set to cover up the crime. Police are saying little about the open investigation and will not confirm the cause of Latisha Hare's death.

"I just think the worst. My mind just goes crazy. Just to think these people are out on the streets," Dennise Hare said.

Latisha Hare is survived by her 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. Her family says someone took her life before she could give birth to her third child or go to college to become a nurse.

"It is hard to explain to a 5-year-old you'll never see your mom again. How do you express that to a child in their terms?" Latisha Hare's cousin, Angie Marcus, said.

Even though the home Latisha Hare was found in was ruled unfit for human use, the family says when they come back to visit her memorial, they have noticed signs someone has been back inside.

"We don't have any answers. That's what our family deserves is answers," Marcus said. "Her mother and her children deserve to know why, when and where."

Family members say Latisha Hare was last seen alive on Jan. 31 at the 7th Street Casino in KCK.

They are asking anyone with any information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. You can anonymously share information.

The case is under investigation by the KCK Police Department's Major Case Unit.

KCTV5 News contacted the Wyandotte County coroner's office. They say the autopsy report is not complete.

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