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Tunica Co. homicide victim's sister shocked by death

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TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. (FOX13) -

Teresa Jones describes her sister, Rosemary Jones, 46, as outgoing and loved everybody. The apartment complex where she lived and was a community leader mirrors the sentiment, adding that her presence will be missed.

Late Saturday morning, the Tunica County Sheriff's Office discovered her body in her home.

"I don't see how someone would go in and just kill her like that because she'll help anyone, anybody that she could," says Teresa.

The Tunica County Sheriff's Office is not releasing details of Rosemary's death, but neighbors and family say she was stabbed multiple time.

A suspect was taken into custody by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office on Saturday. Jones says the suspect is a former in-law and close friend of Rosemary's who had mental health concerns following a divorce.

This homicide is a shock to the community.

"I just couldn't believe anybody do that to her. She real nice, real kind person," says neighbor Patty Bass, "She going to be missed. She kept a real nice neighborhood."

Rosemary's alleged murder is not a characteristic of the apartment complex, according to neighbors and the sheriff's office.

"We have a great neighborhood here. We probably have one homicide a year. This is an isolated incident what it appears right now," says Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp.

Neighbors say Rosemary helped keep the apartment complex clean from garbage and even wrongdoing.

"If she see your child doing something, I promise you, she'll knock on that person's door that knows the kid and she tell them exactly who child it was and tell exactly what they did. She keep them out of trouble. She loved kids," says Bass.

And the complex's kids seemed to love her back. Derrick Scott, 13, says, "She was kind. She didn't do nothing to nobody."

Rosemary would do anything for anybody, according to her sister and neighbors. Many says Rosemary did not deserve to be killed.

"I'm shocked more than anything," says Teresa, "I just want whoever did this, I want them to pay. I don't care what the consequences are because she's not here anymore. I want them to pay to the fullest and I'm going to make sure it happens."

Hamp says they are still questioning the suspect, who they did not identify, and gathering evidence. The Sheriff's Office says Rosemary's body was sent to the crime lab in Jackson, Mississippi, for an autopsy; they expect results on Monday.

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