JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Investigators are canvassing the neighborhood where an elderly woman was beaten in her home Saturday.
JSO responded to 7019 Civic Club Drive at about 5:30 Saturday. Family members came home to find 83-year-old Emma Jean Beasley had been beaten and left with critical injuries.
Paramedics rushed her to Shands where she later died.
"It's a very, very sad situation," said Deacon Harold Hurst of Dinsmore Baptist Church.
Beasley's family attends Dinsmore Baptist Church, not far from the home. Deacon Hurst said news of such a horrific crime is hitting everyone hard.
"Not only the family, but also the church family. These people are very, very close," he said.