Police looking for suspect in 83-year-old’s murder

Police looking for suspect in 83-year-old’s murder

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Annie Johnson Sharpe. Source: WBRC video Annie Johnson Sharpe. Source: WBRC video
Sharpe's daughter, Gwendolyn Ibraheem, says she believes a family member is responsible for her mother's death. Source: WBRC video Sharpe's daughter, Gwendolyn Ibraheem, says she believes a family member is responsible for her mother's death. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Family members are mourning the loss of an 83-year-old woman, who was found murdered in her home last Saturday. Police have not yet made any arrests in the case.

Gwendolyn Ibraheem remembers her mother, Annie Johnson Sharpe, as "loving, kind, beautiful woman" with a beautiful smile.

Ibraheem lived around the corner from her mother in Wylam. Sharpe was discovered dead in her home in the 4500 block of 12th Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

Family members asked police to do a welfare check when they couldn't get in the door. Once inside, officers found Sharpe's body. At first, Ibraheem says her mother's death was thought to be from natural causes.

"I was not satisfied with that. I started at eight o'clock Monday morning and by 3:30 p.m. the coroner had my mother's body. And they did an autopsy and found out she was indeed murdered," Ibraheem says

The coroner's report says Sharpe died as a result of blunt force trauma.

At this point, police do not have a suspect in custody. But Ibramheem believes it was a family member who took Sharpe's life. Still she believes her mother would forgive that person.

"My mother loved all of us and she wanted to keep you close. She felt like if you were a bad seed or had a bad part, her loved could out and you still was good. That was her belief," Ibraheem said.

Visitation for Annie Sharpe will be Friday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Eastside Mortuary in Birmingham. Her funeral is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Faith Walkers Church in Roebuck.

If you have any information that may help police in this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 205-254-1754.

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