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Family remembers mother of 3 killed in Ringgold

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CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - Friends and family gathered Friday to say their final goodbyes to a North Georgia mother. Natalia Roberts was killed one week ago in a woman's twisted plot to kidnap her children. 

Police say Catherine Goins lured Roberts to a Ringgold home on the promise of free baby clothes. That's where she was shot and killed.

Roberts' family said their anger towards the young mom's alleged killer is still there, but they're leaning on their faith.

"I can't say we've totally overcome that kind of anger," said Benny Roberts, Natalia's uncle. "We have a lot of questions and misunderstanding of how and why, and we'll never have those answers in this life."

The pain is still raw just one week after police say his niece was killed by a woman who had been faking a pregnancy.

According to investigators, Catherine Goins lured the young mom to a home in Ringgold under the impression she would get free baby clothes.

Police said Goins shot Roberts because she wanted her baby. The two had just met that morning.

"It's just been hard for us to come to grips with that someone would do such, because we can't comprehend that kind of thought process," Roberts said.

Friends and family crowded Dogwood Baptist Church in Catoosa County on Friday.

"It wasn't just a time of grievance and missing her presence, but we've been able to, through that, celebrate her life and the time we had with her," said Roberts.

Natalia was on the right track, he said. The single mom had just moved back in with her dad last month. She was training to be a nurse and looking for a better job to support her three young girls.

"She was as proud as a mother could be... they were her life," he said.

Goins is being held in Catoosa County Jail without bond.

Roberts' daughters are staying with their maternal grandparents. The family has set up a donation fund for the girls at BB&T Bank for "Natalia Roberts".
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