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WATERLOO — A mother with young children died when someone opened fire on her home early Saturday.

Police said they found 22-year-old Mikaela Bond, also known as Mikaela Hill, with a gunshot wound when they were called to 717 Hope Ave. shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. She later was pronounced dead at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.

Neighbors awoke to police blocking the street and officers searching the grass for evidence in the front yard Saturday morning.

A child’s bike with training wheels held up yellow crime scene tape that crisscrossed the yard. Plastic placards marked where a shell casing fell, just feet from a toy lawn mower.

“This is sad, sad, sad,” said one woman who lives a down the street.

Neighbors said Bond, a man and three children moved into the single-family rental home a few months ago. One of the children is just months old, neighbors said.

Relatives said they are trying to cope with the loss.

“I love her. I miss her … It’s killing me, but I’m staying strong,” said Jerry Hill, an uncle.

Few details have been released about the slaying.

At the time of the shooting, Bond was inside the home, as was another adult and three children, said Lt. Greg Fangman with the Waterloo Police Department. He said it appears the shooter was outside and fired at the home. One of the front windows had three holes in the glass.

It wasn’t clear how many times Bond had been shot. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday with the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Waterloo police at 291-4340.

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