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79-year-old woman found dead in Duquesne home

Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Family members comfort one another on Monday, Jun 9, 2014, outside the slaying victim’s South Second Street home.

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By Michael Hasch and Mike Divittorio
Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:06 p.m.

Allegheny County police were questioning someone they call “a person of interest” on Monday night in connection with the slaying of an elderly woman inside her home in Duquesne.

The body of the woman, 79, was found on the kitchen floor by one of her sons when he returned home shortly after 3 p.m., said James Morton, assistant superintendent of the Allegheny County police. She appeared to have been stabbed, he said.

The woman was identified as Marguerite Davis, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Morton would not identify the “person of interest,” saying he is one of several people police are talking to in an attempt to learn a motive for the slaying that stunned the neighborhood.

“She was just so kind and sweet-hearted. She would just give you that soft smile,” said Elaine Washington, a longtime friend and resident of the neighborhood. “She never bothered nobody.”

Washington's sister, Geneva, agreed, saying: “She's like a second mom or grandmother to us. It's really sad to see something like that happen to her.”

Morton said a son who lives with Davis found her body. She has a second son who occasionally lives there, he said.

“There was no sign of forced entry. Neighbors said they did not hear a struggle,” Morton said.

Morton said two kitchen knives that might have been used were found inside the home and it appeared Davis had been stabbed multiple times between 2 and 3 p.m.

County records show the home on South Second Street was purchased on Christmas Eve 1975 by James and Marguerite Davis. Morton said she was a widow.

Barbara McDonnell, who is a friend of Davis' grandson, said: “She's a beautiful lady, and they are a close-knit family. We're still trying to get answers.”

Michael Hasch and Mike DiVittorio are staff writers for Trib Total Media.

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