A friend found the woman in her residence on Goldengate Street, just east of Woodward Avenue.
Family members and friends gathered on a cold street corner after learning Avril Taylor, 49, is gone.
“A warm, loving woman. She helped her community out. She didn’t have too much family,” said Jazmynn Jones, Taylor’s niece. “All these people that are out here right now are all people that she helped.”
Jones said Taylor had lived in her east side home for about two years, helping everyone she could.
“She threw parties for the homeless at her house,” Jones said. “She was just really loving. Everybody in the community loved her. That’s why there are so many people are out here right now.”