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Woman shot, killed answering door in Clarksdale

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A Mid-South family is grieving Monday as they remember 66-year-old Myrtle Messenger.

Messenger was shot and killed after answering the door of her Clarksdale home late Saturday night.

"I wish it could have been me instead of her," said her husband, George Messenger.

George Messenger says he and his wife heard someone knocking at the door. He says he heard his wife ask who was at the door, and then he heard the gunshot that took her life while he was in the next room.

"When that door opened and he shot, the people didn't even wait to see who it was," said Messenger.

Myrtle Messenger leaves behind seven children, several grandchildren, and her husband of almost 50 years.

Investigators are still searching for whomever shot Myrtle after she opened the door.

"Seemed like they wanted to just shoot somebody in this house, and when she opened the door, they shot," George commented.

Clarksdale police believe the Messengers' home was targeted, but don't believe the shooter was looking for the 66-year-old woman or her husband.

"I was afraid to move because I didn't know," recalled George Messenger. "I said, maybe somebody's coming here to rob us and kill everybody in the house."

This marks the third murder in Clarksdale in the past few weeks. In early March, two people were found dead inside a home on Mississippi Street.

Clarksdale police say they have several good leads and are interviewing people that may know the shooter. If you have any information, please call Mississippi CrimeStoppers at (800) 222-8477 or the Clarksdale Police Department at (662) 621-8151.

Messenger worked at the funeral home where her husband will have to go to say goodbye long before he was ready. Funeral arrangements for Myrtle Messenger are still in the works.

"I just wish I could put my life in her body and let her continue to live," said George Messenger. "I'll take her place."

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