DUNCANVILLE Police say they still have no suspects nor a motive behind the murder of a great grandmother who was shot dead as she opened her front door Wednesday morning.

Police identified the victim later that afternoon as 74-year-old Barbara Vincent Strain.

According to a Duncanville Police Department statement, officers were called at about 7:25 a.m. Wednesday to a home in the 1300 block of Highland Dr. Upon arrival, officers found Strain shot in the front doorway of the home.

She was transported to Methodist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Strain's relatives gathered outside the home as police looked for evidence Wednesday. They say the home was "grandma's house" -- not only to Barbara Strain's biological grandchildren, but to everyone who knew the 74-year-old.

"It's a pretty quiet, decent neighborhood. A lot of elderly. A lot of respectable elderly people live here," said Jermaine Johnson, who was walking through the neighborhood with his brother.

It's that respect that leaves community members wondering why anyone would target a woman who cared for children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all inside her home. In fact, five of her grandchildren were with her this morning when she was shot dead in broad daylight.

After examining every inch of the bullet-riddled door, investigators removed it from the home as evidence. Relatives say Strain tried to protect herself, quickly shutting the door when she didn't recognize the person on the other side. However the suspect opened fire anyway, shooting her multiple times through the door.

"I never heard of anything like this ever happening in Duncanville, let alone these quiet, side neighborhoods. It shocks me." said Johnson, who said he'd lived in the area about four years.

Relatives say the front door police examined was recently replaced after a suspicious fire in January. No one was caught, but according to the Duncanville Fire Marshal, the case is still open.


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