Family holding fundraiser for slain West Michigan mother

Posted at 4:32 PM, Jul 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-25 16:32:01-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The family of a murdered mother of three is holding a fundraiser to help pay for her funeral costs.

The fundraiser for Nicole Gates will be held from 8 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at The Warehouse, 1299 Colombia Ave. E.   There will be a raffle and a live band at the event.

Gates, 27, was killed early Wednesday morning while working at the Citgo gas station on M-89 at Hussey Avenue.

Shawn Pike, suspected killer

Shawn Pike, 30,  was charged Thursday with felony murder and being a habitual offender in connection with her death. Investigators say the motive was robbery, and that he stole cash, cigarettes, beer, lottery tickets and her car.