BERKELEY, Mo. — The Berkeley Police Department is investigating the murder of a woman they say is elderly. According to the police, a suspect was arrested.
Police responded to the 8800 block of Kathlyn Drive Wednesday morning. Neighbors said the victim was beaten to death on their porch. They said the arrested man lived next door to the victim. A neighbor said the victim was a retired nurse.
“It hurts,” said neighbor Sheila Jackson.
She said her heart went out to the victim’s family and described the block where the beating took place as a quiet, welcoming neighborhood.
“It’s very quiet,” Jackson said. “You can sit out here on the porch and see the cars going back and forth and see the kids playing out here.”
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said he saw what he thought was the suspect banging on the porch. He believes he witnessed the murder and told the police what he saw.
Other neighbors said they have raised concerns about the suspect in the past. They believe he needed help because of a mental illness. Some of them believe more could have been done to intervene before the man is charged with murder.
Jackson said her heart goes out to everyone affected by the tragic loss of life.
“My condolences to the family,” she said.
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