Personal safety forum held in honor of slain UA librarian

Personal safety forum held in honor of slain UA librarian

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Kate Ragsdale worked for the University's libraries for nearly 30 years. Source: WBRC video/family photo Kate Ragsdale worked for the University's libraries for nearly 30 years. Source: WBRC video/family photo
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

It's been nearly two months since the body of 73-year-old Kate Ragsdale was found inside her home in a well-known Tuscaloosa neighorhood.

"She was just a real strong person and very independent; and really lived in a nice neighborhood in a nice home and you would not figure on something happening like this in that area at all," friend Francine Marasco said.

That's how friends describe the former University of Alabama librarian. Police believe that she was killed during a home invasion and her body was found Feb. 24. Now, her friends at the university are organizing a forum on personal safety in her honor.

As far as the case, investigators say time may have passed but that doesn't mean new information isn't out there.

"Sometimes the suspects might have fled the area. Sometimes that makes them feel more comfortable. Sometimes we have to wait on evidence to be processed and that takes time," Lt. Kip Hart with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit said.

Marasco says Ragsdale's friends gave information to help build a timeline in the case.

"She was enrolled in several courses here at the university in the Osher Lifelong Learning Program. So it was very importatn to the investigation to know when she was in class the last time, so those were the type of questions where we were trying to figure out when exactly she was here the last time," Marasco said.

Ragsdale's friends believe helping keep others safe is something their friend would have wanted.

"I think she'll be here with us. I think she'll be overlooking the event and hoping that we're all safe," Marasco said.

The public is invited to attend the personal safety forum dedicated to Ragsdale. It will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center on the university's campus.

The Governor's Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the this case. If you have information, you are urged to contact the Tuscaloosa County Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.

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