VALPARAISO, Ind. (CBS) — A 5-year-old Indiana boy went in to wake his mother up Tuesday morning, but found her dead, possibly beaten to death, in her bed.

Valparaiso police were not saying how 22-year-old Shawnna Marie Rose Forgus died, but officers spent the day at her family’s house collecting evidence.

Sources said she lived with her two children, mother, stepfather and three siblings; but no one heard anything unusual Monday night.

One of Forgus’ childhood friends said she was studying to be a medical assistant and was excited about her future.

“I just hope that whoever did it gets justice, and gets what they deserve for taking the life of someone that, in my opinion, was wonderful,” said Aimee Walker.

Friends said Forgus’ youngest child is turning 2 years old on Wednesday.

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