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Mother of three shot, abandoned along road

20120420_Jacqueline-KalifaMISSION — The body of a 23-year-old woman was found early Tuesday morning at 2 ½ Mile Line and Moorefield roads with a gunshot wound to her neck. The incident is being treated as a homicide.

Investigators believe the woman was shot at a different location and then dumped on the side of the road. They also said her body had not been at the location long before passerby’s reported seeing her body.

The woman was later identified as Christine Jacqueline Kalifa, mother of three.

Police said when Kalifa’s body was found, there was no initial evidence of trauma, but an autopsy revealed she had been shot at close range, execution style at the back of the neck, with a chest exit wound.

Interim Police Chief Martin Garza said police were tracing her steps to attempt to learn who she’d been with.

Family members said Kalifa was picked up by a friend from a family member’s house at around 5 p.m. on Monday. Friends also reported last seeing her at about midnight.

Investigators are looking for a crime scene and anyone that might have additional information.

Family members and friends have been cooperating with police providing information about Kalifa’s background, friends and locations she frequented.

A search warrant was issued Tuesday afternoon at a house in south Mission, but no evidence related to the homicide was found. Individuals at the residence were arrested for other incidents not related to Kalifa.

As of Wednesday evening, investigators were still interviewing friends and relatives and following up on tips they have been receiving through their TIPS hotline, said Garza.

Kalifa is from the McAllen area, but frequented Mission. Kalifa leaves behind three children from 7 months old to 6 years old and a long-time boyfriend. Her last posts on her Facebook profile include pictures of her oldest son and a Hezekiah Walker quote “I'm still here, I'm still alive, I'm still blessed, on my way to destiny because the favor of God is on my life.”

Anyone with any information relating to Kalifa’s death can call Mission Crime Stoppers at 956-581-TIPS (8477).

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