Close friend, Maria Matties, told FOX 26 that family informed them as to what happened.
"She had explained to the pastor there that she had been brutally murdered, I guess in her sleep, in her bed," said Matties.
Patrice’s sisters and cousin flew into Pasadena from Florida and New York to thank everyone for their support.
Pasadena police telling FOX 26, 35-year-old Gilbert Viera remains in custody on assault and home invasion charges for beating up a couple less than mile away.
Matties told FOX26, Ward was only weeks way from moving out after a scary moment a few months ago. She told her friends she heard strong banging on her door. When she went down to answer, no one was there.
"She had just bought a house in Dickinson, she was moving out of that neighborhood," said Matties. "She was realizing it was not as safe as it used to be, and she wanted to be closer to church."
Pasadena police strongly believe the assault of the couple is connected to the death of Ward.
After finding a handgun at the assaulted couple's home that was left behind, by who they believe to be Viera, the gun was later determined to be one of the two handguns stolen from Ward.
Detectives said the DA’s office has not accepted the homicide charges against Viera yet. But he is the person of interest in the death of Patrice Ward.