( 4UMF NEWS ) 88-Year-Old Woman Beat To Death:
Investigators believe Evelyn Shapiro might have been the victim of a violent push-in robbery. Shapiro’s daughter discovered her body inside her fifth-floor apartment in the Pelham Parkway housing project about 9:55 a.m. and dialed 911.
Shapiro’s front door was open and unlocked, a police source said.
The senior, who suffered severe trauma to the head, was pronounced dead on the scene. So much blood poured from her body that cops originally thought she had been shot, a source said.
“That is monstrous to kill an old lady like that,” said Maria Lopez Cayon, of Long Island, whose 82-year-old mother lives one floor above Shapiro.
Cops were hunting for Shapiro’s killer, who they believe might have followed her into her apartment.
“We’ll find where she bought the groceries and retrace her steps,” a police source said. “It looks like someone followed her in.”
Shaken neighbors speculated that Shapiro was targeted because of her penchant for wearing gold necklaces and rings.
“She wore an insane amunt of jewelry,” said Lisa Velez, 48. “I asked her why . . . She said she was afraid to leave it in her apartment.”