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Police: Man arrested after stabbing, killing grandmother in Decatur

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Decatur police said a man was arrested after stabbing and killing his 75-year-old grandmother.

Tuesday, just before midnight, Decatur fire personnel were called to a home on Cambridge Avenue in reference to a medical call.

The victim, Shirley Kendrick, was taken to an area hospital where she later died.

Family members attempted to intervene and Kendrick's son suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and Kendrick's husband received minor injuries.

Kendrick's grandson, Marquis La'Vonta Freeman, 23, was arrested and charged with murder, aggravated assault and battery.

"It was very hectic, tragic and horrific," said Ali Post, referring to what the scene was like in Kendrick's home.

Ali Post and her husband John were headed to bed when they heard the commotion.

"We heard Mrs. Shirley scream then we heard a male scream and glass breaking, then a loud thud," John Post said.

"The husband came out and yelled, 'John! John! Get over here right now we need your help.' So both of us we ran over there," said Ali Post.

The Posts said they were caught off guard when they walked inside Kendrick's home.

"I was expecting for her to have had a stroke or heart attack and had fallen," said John Post.

John Post said Kendrick was on the ground and covered in blood.

"We never heard any gunshots. From what I understand, she was hit with some blunt object and there were some stabbings," Ali Post said.

"Pete was asking me to hold the assailant but they were all covered in blood, so I just held his feet down in case he was not done," said John Post.

The Posts said they've known the Kendricks for 10 years and Shirley Kendrick was a good neighbor who they will miss dearly.

"They are great neighbors. They always keep an eye out for the neighborhood. She was the neighborhood socialite - everyone stopped to talk to her. She worked in her yard every day," said John Post.

"It's very tragic. She's here trying to live out her golden years with her grandchildren and her family. She was taken too soon," Ali Post said.

Police have not released any additional information about what could have caused altercation.

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