OAKLAND -- Police have identified a woman found stabbed to death in a West Oakland street as the mother of two small children.

Monique Robinson, 23, was unresponsive when police arrived at the intersection of 24th and Chestnut streets at 3:44 a.m. Thursday; a passing motorist had seen her body and called police. She was declared dead at the scene.

Robinson was a graduate of McClymonds High School in 2007 and had studied at Laney College in Oakland. According to her Facebook page, Robinson was a self-employed home health aide. She was active in the Occupy movement and participated in marches to protest the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

A separate Facebook page set up by friends to commemorate her life shows a photo of her smiling broadly while holding an infant boy.

"Monique was beautiful inside and out with a radiant soul and gentle heart," one person wrote on the page. Friends gathered Thursday night near where her body was found.

Police have released few details about her killing. No arrests have been made and it was not clear if she was killed where her body was found or whether her body was dumped there, police said.

A reward of as much as $10,000 is being offered for information about Robinson's killing. Anyone with information can call police at 510-773-2805 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572 or 510-777-3211.


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Staff writer Harry Harris and Bay City News Service contributed to this story. Follow Thomas Peele at Twitter.com/thomas_peele.