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Family of murdered Charleston woman offering reward for information to solve her killing

The family of Joann Short, who was found murdered in Charleston, is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in her case. (Photo Courtesy: Short Family)

The family of a woman found shot to death in Charleston last week is making a desperate plea for information that will lead police to her killer.

Joann Short's family has announced they are issuing a reward for information that leads to an arrest.

"She was a person, She was a mother, She was a grandmother. She wasn't just a prostitute on the West Side," Short's daughter-in-law, Ashley Short, said in a phone interview from Maryland.

Short said her mother-in-law was extremely loved by her family and had a very generous and caring personality.

The 46-year-old was found shot to death Dec. 17 by a man walking his dog. Her body was discovered in a wooded area near Coleman Street and Twilight Drive.

"No matter what she did, that isn't an excuse to kill somebody. It's sad and I'm sure that person spent Christmas with their family," Short said of the person responsible for her death.

Joann Short left behind four children and five grandchildren.

"She always helped everybody. I mean, she would give her last penny," she said.

The family is now offering a $500 reward for information. Short said the reward amount could grow.

"She was a wonderful mom. The last four years have been pretty crappy for her, so I guess she made some decisions that no one is proud of but before then, she was the world's best grandmother."

If you have any information, call Charleston police at 304-348-6480.

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