Woman, 70, shot to death in her home

March 25, 2008 10:32:41 AM PDT
A woman was shot and killed early Monday morning when a bullet was fired into her home on the city's Far South Side. On Monday, police believed it was a stray bullet that hit and killed 70-year-old Maggie Browder but now they say the shooter targeted the house intentionally. But, at this point, officials say Browder was not the intended target.

Browder -- who was legally blind -- was gunned down inside her home early Monday morning -- a day after celebrating Easter with her family.

"We celebrated Easter -- the day after our Lord has risen -- and the next day something senseless like this happens for nothing," said Rev. Marshall Robinson, victim's nephew.

While police say the 70-year-old was not the intended victim, relatives believe she may have been targeted. They say the shooting started after someone rang her doorbell around 6 a.m. The bullet went through her front window, striking her.

"I heard two shots. It was two or three. And I said let me get out there. Lord, who would do this? She couldn't see," said Barbara Golden, victim's daughter.

Browder's oldest daughter was the only one home at the time of the shooting.

"I see her on the floor and I said, God, please. I called police, and then I ran back to her to hold her," Golden said.

Friends and family of Browder continue to gather at her Far South Side home to comfort each other. They describe her as a kind and caring fixture in the neighborhood. They don't know who would have done this to her.

"She was there when my family wasn't there. She was a lover. Lord, she was everything. We will miss her so much. We'll miss her so much," said Geneva Mack, victim's niece.

Police do not have a motive the crime. They are considering the possibilty that the shooting was gang-related.

The Cook County Crimes Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.


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