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(CHICAGO) — The family of a 55-year-old woman who Chicago police say was “accidentally” shot and killed by an officer early Saturday described her as a loving person who enjoyed music and church.

Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old grandmother, was enjoying a Christmas celebration the night before she was shot, said Jahmal Cole, the husband of Jones’ niece.

“This is not the time for hatred,” Cole said, instead calling it a time for “compassion.”

Jones will be honored with a vigil this afternoon in front of the West Erie Street apartment where she was killed, according to ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.

Police said at 4:25 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a domestic disturbance and were “confronted by a combative subject.”

“Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals,” the statement said.

Jones was killed, along with a 19-year-old man.

Chicago police said it “extends its deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”

The incident is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority, police said, and officers involved will be placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days.

“This new policy which was implemented by Superintendent [John] Escalante, will ensure separation from field duties while training and fitness for duty requirements can be conducted,” police said in the statement. “Going forward, this will be standard protocol following all officer-involved shootings.”

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