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Valley family pleads for information after young mother was found murdered at home

Posted at 4:21 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 20:28:01-04

PHOENIX — The family of a young Valley mother is pleading for tips after she was found murdered inside her apartment.

Robin Simmons was found dead inside her apartment near 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road Sunday. The family called police after they hadn't heard from the 22-year-old. Robin's mother said she last spoke with her daughter last Friday, two days before her body was discovered.

"I plead to the community, I plead to everyone who has a loved one, who knows anything about Robin, please come forth," said Simmons' mother, Ronnisha Conner.

Conner said Simmons was a pharmacy technician and leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter, who was staying with other family members and not harmed. Conner had a message for the person or people responsible for her daughter's death.

"You perpetrator, you thief, you thought you stole, but you didn't," Conner said. "Robin still lives on. She left us with a legacy of her daughter."

Phoenix police said Simmons lived alone, and there were no signs of forced entry and no clear motive.

"You would think, well, it's the ex-boyfriend. Who do detectives think is involved? And I can tell you that right now, we don't have an answer to that," said Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.

Simmons' family described her as someone who would help anybody.

"I'm constantly thinking about, like, she was so little who would do such a thing like this?" Conner said.

Anyone with any information can contact the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.