Son Finds Mother Dead Inside Home - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Son Finds Mother Dead Inside Home



    Police are investigating the death of a woman found stabbed inside her home. Police say the victim's son made the discovery. Her neighbor spoke to NBC10's Katy Zachry. (Published Saturday, March 23, 2013)

    Police are investigating the death of a middle-aged woman who was found stabbed inside her home on Friday in the Point Breeze section of the city.

    Investigators say it was the woman's own son who made the discovery shortly after 9 p.m. inside a home on the 1900 block of Reed Street.

    Bobby Herring, the victim's neighbor, says he heard the woman's son outside of his home sobbing.

    "He kneeled on my step, crying," said Herring. "He was like, 'I think my mom is dead.' I stepped out, he left the door open and I could see her right there in the doorway."

    Herring saw his neighbor, identified as 42-year-old Elaine Brooks, lying on her living room floor covered in blood. Police say she was stabbed several times.

    "I saw the blood, it was all dry," said Herring. "It was like she'd been dead for over 24 hours."

    Herring says he had been worried after not seeing Brooks for several days and hearing loud music coming from inside her home. When he discovered her body, Herring called police, claiming that her son was in no condition to do so. While her son moved in with her last year, Herring says Brooks had lived in the neighborhood long before that and was well-known.

    "She was a nice person who didn't bother anybody and kept to herself," said Herring.

    Police say it appears Brooks had been dead for several days. No arrest has been made, and police have not yet released a possible motive. 


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