ONLY ON 8: Friends of slain 84-year-old talk about who she was, inspiring way she lived life


Loved ones of Donna McElfresh are calling for justice in her death. The 84-year-old was found shot and killed in an apartment fire in Henderson last week.

On Wednesday, those who knew her best came together to remember the life she lived. They said McElfresh was a mother, a friend, and a patriot.

“It’s a bar like Cheers,” said Kenny Rogers, with American Legion.  “Everybody knows everybody and everyone’s been coming here for years.”

American Legion Post 40 was McElfresh’s home away from home.

“It’s like a family,” said Mario Stubbs, American Legion.  “Everybody here is a family. We all pitch in to help each other out. Not one time went past that she didn’t come through and hug me.”

The American Legion Post 40 was filled with McElfresh’s friends who were more like brothers and sisters.

The group had tears in their eyes as they spoke lovingly about their sweet friend.

“I have never seen a tragedy that influenced so many people,” said Judi Corcoran, American Legion.

McElfresh’s death was a tragic shock to the community.  Henderson Police said she was shot and killed in her own home. 

Five days later, and there still hasn’t been an arrest in the case.

Besides being a mother and a fantastic friend, McElfresh was also a veteran who was independent and full of life. 

Her friends have more questions now than answers about her death. 

“Why would somebody do that to her? Just why,” asked Deborah Cinnande, American Legion?

Now, friends like Cinnande are waiting for justice.

“I hope whoever did this gets what they have coming,” Rogers said.

McElfresh’s friends say they plan to focus on the way she lived over concentrating on the way she died.

American Legion is planning a memorial for McElfresh in the coming weeks. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Henderson Police.

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