"It's sad when you get to the age of 83 you can't just die in peace," says Cora Gatewood's niece Ann
Three generations of grieving Gatewood relatives try to make sense of what happened to a woman so many people loved.
Waller continues, "She didn't never complain about nothing. She was just ha
Ann Waller looked up to her Aunt Cora...
She even expected her to out-live most of the family.
"Even though she was old, she was still a little fighter, she was a fighter...yeah," says
Police say someone burglarized Miss Cora's house over the weekend...then quietly killed the 83-year-old church goer.
Lt. Joe Scott with the Memphis police department says, "On Sunday when she missed church unfortunately, church members got concerned and went to check on her well-being...and that's when she was discover
James Ward and Miss Cora were neighbors for 20 years.
He saw the spot where the burglar got in.
Gatewood's neighbor James Ward says, "And I looked, and she said the window been broke. Somebody I guess broke in there when she got back Friday evening, and I imagine was just in the house waiting on her and killed h
It's hard for James to talk about the woman he called friend.
Waller says, "That's all I got to
For Ann and her family...it's even harder.
"It's devastating for the whole family, we can't believe this. I mean, you hear of things happening, but you never think it's gonna happen to you," continues
Police want to make sure it doesn't happen again.