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88-year-old woman murdered

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Investigators are still piecing together what could have led to the death of an elderly woman.

Sunday afternoon 88-year-old Mabel Berry was found dead outside her home on West Highland Avenue; police are treating the case as a homicide.

It's the city's first homicide of the year.

"It's an elderly white female," said Lt. Eddie Jones, Albany Police Department.

88-year-old Mabel Berry was found dead behind her home at 1208 West Highland Avenue.

Police swarmed the scene trying to piece together clues.

"Neighbors did see something we've got some information from some of them, we still don't know how everything fits together as of right now," said Jones.

A neighbor had his wife check on the woman after they heard her Chihuahua frantically barking.

Someone who didn't live there answered the door, the neighbor then called police to check on the woman.

"It came in as a call to see whether or not the female was okay," said Jones.

Berry's friend and pastor showed up at the scene shortly after.

"I've known Ms. Berry for 40 to 50 years," said Pastor Bobby Marshall, Victim's Friend.

"Got a phone call from a neighbor that had seen me visiting her in times past and they saw all the police cars and gave me a call," said Marshall.

Friends say she was a nice woman who would try to help anyone.

"She's always been a very active lady at the Albany Gospel Chapel, she has been leading bible studies with the ladies, she's done bible studies at the Rescue Mission," said Marshall.

Those who were close to the victim said she used a walker to get around and at times used an oxygen mask to breath.

Pastor Marshall said he wouldn't be surprised if she was kind enough to let someone in her home.

"She probably would, that won't surprise me at all," said Marshall.

Now that she's gone he says the neighborhood has lost someone special.

"We would like the person who did this to be brought to justice," said Marshall.

Berry's Chihuahua was taken away from the scene; there was a trace of blood on the animal.

Right now investigators are not saying how Mabel Berry was killed.

Her body will be sent to the crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

Police do have a person of interest in the case.

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