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Sister of murder victim speaks out against gang violence

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Tiesha Watts, age 23 Tiesha Watts, age 23
Chyrene Borgen, murdered at age 29 Chyrene Borgen, murdered at age 29

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It's a sad fact. Gang-related murders in San Diego tend to get very little media attention; even though gang violence affects families all over the county.

CBS News 8 contacted the relatives of Chyrene Borgen, 29, a woman shot to death along 31st Street in Logan Heights on Halloween night 2013.

The victim's sister, Tiesha Watts, 23, courageously agreed to speak on camera in hopes of ending the violence. Below is a partial transcript of her interview.

"This is my sister Chyrene (Borgen). She was the provider. She would sacrifice anything for the people that she loved.

It was like yesterday that it happened. It's like a fresh cut every day. It hurts more and more. It doesn't stop. It doesn't get better.

That afternoon, she came by and got my older daughter; got her ready for trick or treat.

I don't know exactly where she was. I don't know exactly who she was with. All I know is that she's not here.

We spread some of her ashes at her favorite place, Sunset Cliffs, which we all visit all the time now, actually.

We've all lost somebody. We've all experienced it and we're not going to stop experiencing going through the pain unless we all stand together.

Something has to bring us all together. And I think we could overlook all the colors and the gang banging, the races or whatever, if we just find that there are things that we all have in common; that we all share, that's dear to our hearts.

They (gang members) see a group or a crowd and they see that they're feared; or they see that they're respected; or they get things together and they want to be part of it. Now, it's just like it's disgusting. It disgusts me.

You took a person from this world that didn't deserve to go. She was 29. She just started going to church to change her life. She started taking computer classes to be a better mentor for me and my little brother. For her life to have ended right when it started, it kills me. It kills me."

Watts is now hoping to organize a peace march in the coming weeks to help end gang violence in southeast San Diego. She also wants to establish a nonprofit group to support youth in the community.

San Diego Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in Borgen's murder.

You do not have to give your name to receive the reward money. Call (888) 580-8477 if you have any information.

The gunman is described as a black male, wearing a light blue, long-sleeved shirt, blue pants, and blue shoes.

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