Family Struggles to Cope with South Huntsville Woman’s Murder

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A family is scrambling to bury a woman killed in south Huntsville after she was found murdered on Monday.

Officers found Colleen Penton and her husband inside their Thornmor Drive home on Monday.  Police confirm Penton was dead, but won't say how she died.

WHNT News 19 is asking the questions.  We talked with Penton's grandmother on Tuesday.

Billie Oliver is one of many wondering why Colleen Penton is dead.  She hopes her granddaughter's killer will soon get booked inside the Madison County Detention Center.

"It's been unreal. Hard to believe," said Oliver.

WHNT News 19 understands the man some believe killed Penton is getting treatment at Huntsville Hospital.  At this point, Huntsville Police investigators won't name the person believed to have killed Colleen Penton.

Oliver doesn't need to hear investigators name a suspect.

"We did not have any reason to expect anything like this," she said.

Multiple sources tell WHNT News 19 officers found Penton's body inside a home on Thornmor Drive, in the English Village neighborhood, on Monday.

Those same sources confirm officers found two dogs shot to death and a bird with a snapped neck.

Investigators said a man also found in the home was unconscious.

"I'd say he should have taken his life like he took her life, if he was going to kill himself," said Oliver.

Oliver is working with family to give Colleen Penton a funeral.

"The money situation is bad, you know."  She admits there's a real struggle.

"They think the cheapest way would be cremation. She didn't have any policies we know of," Oliver said.

Penton's grandmother believes the family will make it through, but wants to take a second to direct a question to who the family believes killed the 34-year-old woman.

Oliver asked, "Why? Why couldn't you have just left and left her alone?" Oliver added, "Why take her life?"

Oliver is trying to set up a memorial fund at a local bank to accept donations from anyone willing to give.

People wanting to donate money can by visiting any Redstone Federal Credit Union. Donors should ask for the Colleen Penton account before giving money.

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