Atlanta Police Maj. Keith Meadows identified the woman as 33-year-old Zaquavia Kingsberry. Kingsberry was found dead in a fourth-floor apartment at the Gramercy at Buckhead Apartments in the 3300 block of Atlanta's Roswell Road.
Police say her boyfriend told detectives they had eaten breakfast together at the apartment. The boyfriend said he left the apartment and returned later to find Kingberry dead. Meadows said Kingsberry had been shot two or three times and there was evidence of a forced entry into the apartment.
According to sources, Kingsberrry had found trouble before. But people say she had completely turned her life around.
She had been a client at Urban Ministires of Wake County and later returned to to become and employee who helped others.
State correction records show Kingsberry spent two years in prison on a drug trafficing conviction in 1999, but, at the time of her death, was nursing assistant and manager at the women's homeless shelter.
Kingsberry had worked there for a little over a year, and her mother has worked for the Ministry since 1997.
Just last month, she had graduated as a model participant in a rigourous life skills course focusing on money managemnet and other priorities.
"She had her act together," Step Up Ministries' Ralph Hartung said. "She was organized. She was there for the right reasons. She was doing the things required to bring the pieces together."
Atlanta police say it doesn't appear the attack was random. A person would have to have a code to enter the apartment building.
"There are certain levels of security that exist in the building. So we're certain whomever was in the apartment had access to it," Meadows said. "There is some information to suggest that the victim's attacker may have known her."
At this time, no arrests have been made.
Kingsberry is survived by her two children - a 15-year-old and a 4-year-old.
"This is not the person you would expect this to happen to. This is not that kind of person," Hartung said.