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Mia Heard: 49-Year-Old Alabama Mother Shot Dead In Home

Mia Heard: 49-Year-Old Alabama Mother Shot Dead In Home

 Mia Heard, 49, was shot to death in her north Birmingham home on the morning of Saturday, August 18, 2018. Authorities are searching for a suspect.

Mia Heard, 49, was shot to death in her north Birmingham home on the morning of Saturday, August 18, 2018. Authorities are searching for a suspect.

Mia Heard was a 49-year-old mother of three grown children. She had a career in Academia, having served as administrative assistant to the associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the UAB School of Medicine.

Now Birmingham authorities are trying to find out why someone would want to kill her.

Heard was shot to death in her north Birmingham home on the morning of Saturday, August 18, 2018. Authorities were investigating the case as a domestic matter.

 Sgt. Johnny Williams told AI.com that when responding officers entered the home, they found Heard suffering from gunshots wounds.

No arrests were made at the time of publication of this story.

Breonna Patterson: 20-Year-Old Mother Shot Dead In Her Newport News Apartment

Breonna Patterson: 20-Year-Old Mother Shot Dead In Her Newport News Apartment

Shantee Tucker: Transgender Woman Shot Dead In Philadelphia

Shantee Tucker: Transgender Woman Shot Dead In Philadelphia