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Family members look for answers in shooting death of grandmother

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Betty Knight, 84, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound on her back porch. Betty Knight, 84, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound on her back porch.
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OAKVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Family members are looking for answers after 84-year-old great-grandmother Betty Knight was shot and killed last week.

"Knowing that there is someone somewhere who is responsible for taking her and not having an answer is really weighing on the family," said Chris Shanahan, grandson of Knight. "It's one of those things Grandma really instilled in all of us, strength and the importance of family, so we are all leaning very heavily on one another right now."

On Friday afternoon, officers from the South County Precinct responded to a home in the 5000 block of Crosswood Drive in Oakville, where Knight was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound on the back porch of her residence.

When asked what his grandmother was like, Shanahan said she was the nicest person and never met a stranger.

"She never hurt a soul, all she ever did was help people, my wife Betty Lou," said Betty's husband Dale Knight.

Dale told officers that while sitting on the back porch of their home of more than four decades, he heard what he believed to be a gunshot, noticed his wife bleeding from the neck and called 911.

"Somebody know something. It's easy, pick up the phone, call St. Louis County, call CrimeStoppers, but do the right thing," Shanahan urged. "Allow this family to understand and close."

Shanahan said Betty would not want vengeance, but the family needs closure and she would want the neighbors to know it is safe to go outside.

There were no signs of a home invasion at the Knight residence on the day Betty was killed.  

Anyone with information on the fatal shooting of Betty Knight can make an anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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