The family of a 37-year-old mother of five children, who was shot and killed in the doorway of her east Hamilton home Monday, is now raising money to help with funeral costs.
A GoFundMe page was created Monday for Nicole Dragisic by Joanne McIntosh, who has identified herself on the page as Dragisic's sister-in-law.
"We are asking for your thoughts ... prayers and donations of anything if you can help," wrote McIntosh on the fundraising page.
'Anything will help' - Joanne McIntosh, sister-in-law of Nicole Dragisic
So far around $600.00 has been raised towards the $10,000.00 goal. Donations range from $5.00 to $150.00.
"Anything will help ... at this time and we appreciate your time in reading this article or sharing for her children ... as well as to help for her funeral costs and what we have [to] endure to make a special memory for her children," wrote McIntosh.
According to a post by McIntosh, Dragisic's five children are aged 19, 12, 11, 9 and four.
Photos of Dragisic can be found on the page along with messages of condolence.
One person wrote "My heart goes out to your family Nicole. May you RIP. And pray god gets whoever took your life. You were way [too] young and had a whole life ahead of you. I pray for your family and children at this very [difficult] time."
A targeted attack, police say
Dragisic's death is the city's 7th homicide of the year. Police called it a targeted attack.
It happened on Barton Street East near Lottridge Street South, police say, around 3:45 a.m. Monday morning.
That's when two men approached the apartment and there was "some kind of interaction" at the doorway, and the woman was shot, Det. Sgt. Peter Thom told reporters outside Hamilton police headquarters Monday.
Police say Dragisic wasn't alone at the time of the shooting. Thom said her boyfriend and another person were inside at the time, and they have been cooperating with police. Thom "couldn't say" if anyone knew the people who came to the door.
It's not clear why Dragisic was targeted, or for what. Thom said she was "known to police," but didn't elaborate. He couldn't say if the shooting was drug-related, or if it is linked to one of over 30 other shootings that have happened in Hamilton so far this year — which has already outpaced last year's total.
Media reports and police news releases show that Dragisic dealt with drug problems in her life, and had faced weapons and drug possession charges.