Grandchildren of murdered woman speak out

Knoxville (WVLT) - It's been 5 days since a 72-year-old grandmother was shot to death on Selma Avenue in East Knoxville.

Nola Atkins' granddaughters are speaking out about her murder. They tell Volunteer TV if someone's not caught, they fear it will happen again.

Last Friday morning, on Good Friday, Nola Atkins was murdered in her own home.

"Never did I think someone would kill my grandmother people just don't kill grannies," granddaughter Terreka Holloway said.

But they killed hers, Nola was sleeping when someone knocked down her front door. Nola got out of bed only to meet her killer in the living room where the suspect shot her to death.

"Just knowing that somebody did that to her and how scared she had to be that's what hurt me the most knowing she jumped up outta that bed," granddaughter Ron Shae Martin said.

Nola's granddaughters are angered by her senseless death, and they want someone or the killer himself to come forward.

"I just want somebody to just say something. It ain't even gotta be pointing to the killer just tell us something," Martin said.

They say the neighborhood Nola lived in for decades has gone downhill. Family members think the killer knew Nola.

"I think it was somebody on that street if not living there they're hanging out cause there's always pockets of people hanging out there all the time," Holloway said.

Her killer didn't take anything from the home. Police haven't named a suspect yet. They did recover a few fingerprints from the scene.

Relatives know the first 48 hours after the crime is the best chance of catching the killer. Now they say time is ticking.

"If somebody don't get caught they're going to do it again," Holloway said.

And the family doesn't want anyone going through what they've gone through this Easter holiday.

Family will receive friends Wednesday at Tabernacle Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. until noon. Funeral services are set to follow. Police are asking for your help tracking down the killer. The family has posted a $2,000 reward.

If you have any information, call the KPD tip line at 215-7212.
Nola Atkins' granddaughters are speaking out about her murder. They tell Volunteer TV if someone's not caught, they fear it will happen again.

Last Friday morning, on Good Friday, Nola Atkins was murdered in her own home.

"Never did I think someone would kill my grandmother people just don't kill grannies," granddaughter Terreka Holloway said.

But they killed hers, Nola was sleeping when someone knocked down her front door. Nola got out of bed only to meet her killer in the living room where the suspect shot her to death.

"Just knowing that somebody did that to her and how scared she had to be that's what hurt me the most knowing she jumped up outta that bed," granddaughter Ron Shae Martin said.

Nola's granddaughters are angered by her senseless death, and they want someone or the killer himself to come forward.

"I just want somebody to just say something. It ain't even gotta be pointing to the killer just tell us something," Martin said.

They say the neighborhood Nola lived in for decades has gone downhill. Family members think the killer knew Nola.

"I think it was somebody on that street if not living there they're hanging out cause there's always pockets of people hanging out there all the time," Holloway said.

Her killer didn't take anything from the home. Police haven't named a suspect yet. They did recover a few fingerprints from the scene.

Relatives know the first 48 hours after the crime is the best chance of catching the killer. Now they say time is ticking.

"If somebody don't get caught they're going to do it again," Holloway said.

And the family doesn't want anyone going through what they've gone through this Easter holiday.

Family will receive friends Wednesday at Tabernacle Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. until noon. Funeral services are set to follow. Police are asking for your help tracking down the killer. The family has posted a $2,000 reward.

If you have any information, call the KPD tip line at 215-7212.


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