Neighbors remember Lawrence woman killed as helpful, caring - KCTV5

Neighbors remember Lawrence woman killed as helpful, caring

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LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

Neighbors say they are having a hard time understanding why someone would want to kill a Lawrence woman over the weekend.

Homicide detectives are still collecting evidence at the woman's home in the 1100 block of New York Street.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation along with Lawrence police began investigating about 1:15 p.m. Saturday after the woman was found dead.

Lawrence police identified the woman as 56-year-old Christine Kaplan. Everyone on the block knew her for her kindness and loving heart.

Carol Elk can't imagine why anyone would want to kill her kindly neighbor.

"You would have no reason to suspect that anyone hated her," she said.

Elk says Kaplan always came out to greet people passing by. She even gave Elk one of her cats.

"She seemed to have a soft spot in her heart for everyone," she said.

Kaplan loved animals, children and anyone who needed a hand. She occasionally helped drifters and even gave strangers a place to stay in her own home

"She was known for being nice. She was one of those 'give you the shirt off my back' kind of people," neighbor Maya Crocker said.

Kaplan's death has struck a blow to the entire street.

"Anytime violence happens so close to home you realize, 'wow, it could happen to me,'" Elk said.

Kaplan's family lives on the West Coast. Her son, who is in the United States Marines, says his mother was a wonderful woman and loved by all.

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