Well-liked neighbor found murdered at DeKalb home



DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Neighbors say they're shocked and saddened to learn that a well-known woman was found murdered inside her DeKalb condo this weekend.

DeKalb police have not confirmed the victim's identity, but they did say she's the subject of a homicide investigation at the Georgetown condominiums at Colonial Way off I-85. Investigators descended on the community just after 10 a.m. Saturday.

Brian Delaney lives next to the home where police say two women had shown up a short time earlier Saturday to check on a friend they hadn't heard from in several days.

"It was shocking. It was quite a thing to wake up to this morning," he said.

Police did not confirm how the woman died, but said she was murdered.

"Upon their arrival nobody came to the door. They made entry and they discovered their friend on the floor suffering some wounds," said DeKalb Police Lt. Mark Lavigne. "It does not appear to be random, I can say that."

Detectives told Channel 2's Aaron Diamant there were no signs of forced entry at the residence.

Neighbors said the 40-year-old victim was named Amy and that she was well-liked in the community.

"Amy was very gracious and a wonderful person. From the moment I moved in, she came down, she introduced herself," said neighbor Courtney McMurray.

Meanwhile, other neighbors Diamant spoke to said they've been concerned about security in the community since the front gates was removed.

"You never know if it really would help or not, but according to our bylaws we're supposed to have security gates, entry and exit gates up," said neighbor Tim Debardelaben.

Still, Debardelaben says the complex hasn't seen much crime, which is why this murder has hit neighbors hard.

"We just really need to start paying attention to what we're doing," he said.

Police have not made any arrests in the woman's murder.

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