“My Mama was loving” Family mourns the loss of their mother found wounded in Murray Hill home

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Murray Hill family is mourning the loss of their mother, Helen Bretz, 56.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to a call at a home on Myra Street on Saturday, when they found a woman with an “extensive chest wound.”

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We first told you about her death on Saturday night on Action News Jax.

Action News Jax Courtney Cole spoke with one of her children who desperately wants to know who would do this to their mom.

“My mama was loving, and she loved her grandkids,” said Kamryn Bretz, one of her four children.

Kamryn said his mom unfortunately won’t be able to meet the grandchild on the way.

“Her kids was her only family. Me and my sister, we were the only ones that gave her grandbabies,” said Kamryn.

Kamryn told Cole he’s the oldest of 3 brothers, and also has a sister. As he told her about his mom, he was trying to hold back sadness as we spoke about his mother’s death.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Helen’s young son, one of Kamryn’s siblings, heard a noise in their home on Saturday.

When he went to see what happened, he found his mother lying on the floor.

“About a good hour and some change after I left, that’s when the neighbors called and let me know police and stuff was here,” Kamryn explained.

He told Cole he and his siblings are missing their mom.

Friends of the family came together last night to put a memorial together, outside of the Helen’s home, in her honor.

Right now, police are unsure if the wound came from a gun or a knife, but they do suspect foul play.

“My brothers, my siblings, that was all we had, you know what I’m saying?”

JSO classified her death as a murder.

Cole reached out to JSO to learn if they have any suspect information. Christian Hancock, one of the spokesman for the sheriff’s office said they have not been given any new information from investigators at this time.

First Coast Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for anyone who has information on the death of Helen Bretz death. (Remember you can contact them anonymously.)

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