By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Murder charges have been filed after a 24-year-old mother was gunned down in front of her 4-year-old twins in West Philadelphia last week. Police have charged 28-year-old Donavan Crawford in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Sykea Patton.

Officers found Patton suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso just after 3 p.m. on the 800 block of North Preston Street on Nov. 19.

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She was transported to an area hospital where she died from her injuries.

Police say Patton was gunned down in front of her twin 4-year-old boys.

Crawford turned himself in to the police on Monday afternoon.

“She was a good girl. She worked, she made sure her kids had a roof over their head,” said Janet Cannon, the victim’s mother.

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Her grieving family says the deadly shooting happened days after Crawford had proposed to Patton before a fight erupted between the two.

“How can you confess to love someone and five days later you take their life? That’s not a human,” said Joseph Patton, the victim’s father.

Eyewitness News has also discovered a troubling trend, finding there have been 36 domestic-related homicides in Philly this year. That’s double from last year.

“The women now, it’s nothing to hear about a woman being shot. Once upon a time, they were off-limits,” said Colwin Williams with Philadelphia Cure Violence.

Crawford is also facing multiple gun charges, recklessly endangering another person and criminal use of communication facility charges.

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CBS3’s Matt Petrillo and Alicia Roberts contributed to this report.