Friends and family members are mourning the loss of a young mother who was stabbed to death in Millcreek Township Thursday night.

The victim - Marinda Matasowski, 20 - was killed inside a home in the 5700 block of Mill St.

As police investigate, the Matasowski's friends are asking for the community's help.

Erie News Now sat down with the victim's childhood friends, Carly Blanks and Alyssa Van Duzer, who both said Matasowski was an outgoing, friendly person.

They were devastated when they found out Matasowski was stabbed to death by her boyfriend - James Gilbert, 23 - who has been charged with homicide.

A GoFundMe has been setup to help with the family's funeral expenses.

Although they know it will not bring their friend back, they can at least help everyone move forward.

"We all just grieve together," said Blanks. "We're still grieving, and we all try to stick together through this as much as we can and be there for her family as much as we can."

You can donate to the GoFundMe here.