BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Angel Chiwengo lived her life traveling the world as a business woman, but it was when she moved to Baltimore that her life came to an end.
Chiwengo was killed in a fiery car crash on her way home from work last month. She was getting a ride from a co-worker when two men, in a Honda, ran into their SUV.
According to Baltimore City Police, the men were attempting to flee from a traffic stop.
While police are still investigating the crash, Chiwengo's family is left with unanswered questions and the memory of their loved one.
"My family is completely devastated... completely torn," said Nathan Franklin. Franklin is Chiwengo's brother-in-law and has acted as the spokesperson for her family.
The family took Saturday to reflect on the 46-year-old's life and honor her memory.
Chiwengo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo where her native languages were both French and Swahili.
In her obituary, she is described as a woman who had unlimited love for her family and friends.
Chiwengo was affectionately known to them a "Big Mama" because of how she cared for all of the children in her family.
She is remembered as a person who put others needs before her own - an angel on earth.
Aside from being a good woman at heart, Chiwengo was also an intelligent business woman. Her family said she owned her own business for years and traveled the world. She had been to places like China, Thailand, and Kenya to conduct business.
But Chiwengo gave up that life to be with her children and family in America.
Moving to the United States was a challenge for Chiwengo because she had to start over. She was building a new life, learning a new language, and working jobs well-below her skill level.
Chiwengo's family said she accepted the challenges and took them head on in hopes of getting closer to her goals.
Those goals were ripped out of her hands when she was killed in the wreck that Tuesday night.
"It's a travesty. We are hurting right now," said the family spokesperson.
Chiwengo leaves behind children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends. All of them looking for answers about the moments leading up to their loved one's death.
"We don't have any information. We are wondering just like you. The police haven't released anything yet," Franklin explained.
The family claims Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was scheduled to meet with them but never showed.
A makeshift memorial stands in the area where the crashed happened last month -- the balloons, like Chiwengo, now floating above the ground in which we walk.
"Angel to us is pure and as innocent as you can get."
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