A man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating and stabbing his 75-year-old grandmother to death – though other family members were injured in an attempt to stop him.
Mr. Marquis La’Vonta Freeman, 23, was charged with murder, aggravated assault and battery in the incident that began late Tuesday night, according to Decatur police.
Shortly before midnight, firefighters responded to a home in the 200 block of Cambridge Avenue in reference to a medical call, police spokeswoman Sgt, Jennifer Ross said.
But officers were then called in when the fire crew suspected the woman was assaulted.
The victim, who has been identified as Mrs. Shirley Kendrick, was transported to the hospital where she later died, Sgt. Ross said.
“Mrs. Kendrick appeared to have been stabbed and to have sustained a head injury,” Sgt. Ross said. “Family members attempted to intervene in the assault and Mrs. Kendrick’s son suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries and Mrs. Kendrick’s husband received minor injuries.”
Next-door neighbor Mr. John Post said he and his wife, Ali, were standing out on their porch and about to head for bed when they heard a woman scream, a man scream, glass break and a really loud thud at the victim’s home, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A few seconds later, Mr. Post said one of the residents of the home called his name and asked for his help.
“I rushed inside. Everybody was covered in blood,” Mr. Post said.
He said he helped detain one man.
“When I had the guy pinned down, he kept repeating — kill me now. Show me the light. Please snap my neck now,” Mr. Post said. “He kept saying it over and over.”
Mr. Post said his wife was trying to help the woman, checking her pulse and talking with paramedics by phone.
Neighbor Ms. Shell Ramirez knew “Ms. Shirley” as the lady who ran a concession stand at the local park.
“She was willing to help anyone,” Ms. Ramirez said. “She was the nicest person you could meet.”
Ms. Ramirez was at the Kendrick home Wednesday with food for the distressed family that was gathered.
Mrs. Kendrick was recognized in 2002 as a Decatur Hometown Hero for her volunteer work in the community, the AJC reported.
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