Authorities Charge Mount Vernon Man In Early Morning Murder
It wasn't supposed to happen here - not at an apartment for retirees with medical issues.
"It's very, very alarming. When I found out about it and came right her to give family support - she was a great woman, and she's going to be very missed," says Kaycee Radel, a home health aide.
Around 8 a.m., police say another home health aide came to the apartment of 80-year-old Marilyn Eversole and stumbled on a man inside.
Eversole was dead, there was a struggle (the nurse was injured) and the suspect fled.
Inside every apartment is an emergency switch. When the switch is flipped, it sends out an alert to everyone and residents say they heard it this morning.
"The nurse must have hit that emergency buzzer," said Debi VanHouten.
Vanhouten says her mother lives two doors down from the murder scene.
"I just almost bet because she kept that door open all the time, you know, it was just an easy target," she said.
She says she never saw Eversole close the front door - ever.
"I've never seen it shut. Even in the winter. It was freezing, below-zero, never ever seen it shut," she said.
Police arrested Tyrone Caldwell, 34, and charged him with aggravated murder and aggravated burglary.
Court records obtained by 10TV show he's a convicted felon.
He was convicted of domestic violence in 2010 involving his wife and was given a 14-month prison sentence.
In 2006, he was convicted of possession of cocaine.
As for Radel, who once cared Eversole, she can't believe her former patient is gone.
"Just one of those personalities that make you smile and cherish the time you have with her," she said.