Decatur Police release name of woman found dead this morning in 4th Avenue home

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DECATUR, Ala. - Decatur Police have released more information about a woman found dead in her home early this morning.

On March 9, at approximately 2:38 a.m. Decatur Police received a report of an assault at 220 4th Ave. NW.  A family member who was present at the scene made the call, investigators said.

Police found the victim, 44-year-old Minnie Shackleford, dead. Officers spent several hours at the home, and say at this time, the investigation is ongoing.  An autopsy will be performed on Shackleford today.

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"But it's quiet over here extremely, you don't hear nothing out here except for my bird up in the tree," said neighbor Loretta McDonald.

The peacefulness of Loretta McDonald's neighborhood is why she moved to the 200 block of 4th Avenue NW several years ago.


She's used to her quiet neighborhood, but earlier this morning the streets were full of noise.

Early Thursday morning police were called to this home to investigate an assault call that turned into a death investigation.

"I'm shocked, totally shocked. This hurts." McDonald said she's lost a good neighbor.

"I've known here for six months, for six months we have communicated. We have waved at each other. We've consoled each other."

She said Minnie Shackelford leaves behind a ton of people who care about her. "She's gone and I won't get to see her no more and I can imagine what her kids are going through right now."

WHNT News 19 has learned Minnie Shackleford was a member of Mosaic Church in Decatur.

Her death has impacted church members as well.

McDonald is going to miss her friendly neighbor whose simple gestures of just waving always brought a smile to her face. "She was always a happy person"

WHNT News 19's Jeff Gray was first on the scene this morning. Below are his reports from WHNT News 19 This Morning.

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