Community gathers for slain grandmother
NEW ROADS- Family and friends of an elderly woman, beaten to death, joined each other in a somber memorial service.
Beulah Morris, 91, was found dead in her home nearly two weeks ago. Authorities said her grandson murdered her, left her in a pool of her own blood, and covered her with a quilt.
A week after her death, Brandon Battley was arrested. He faces murder charges.
Friday night, a group gathered on the street near Morris' house for a candlelight vigil.
"It's good for the family, for the community, for the morale of the neighborhood... we are down here [as a] family," neighbor Harold Terrance said.
"When one loses a family member, we all lose a family member," he added.
Morris' funeral is set for next weekend.
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