Family, Friends Say Bryan Woman's Death Unjustified

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She was known to many as a caring woman, who loved art and travelling. Now Etta Jean Westbrook of Bryan is the focus of a homicide investigation.

Family and friends said Wednesday they were in shock.

"She was a wonderful person," Westbrook's friend Dianne Hilde said. "She was very giving, very caring and very loving."

Westbrook, 68, was found dead in her home early Monday morning. Police believe she was murdered.

"During this investigation we determined it was a homicide," Bryan Police Lieutenant David Patterson said.

Police were called to Westbrook's house in the 3500 block of Oak Hollow for an alarm call and found Westbrook's body inside. Officers say there were no signs of a break-in.

"It's the most senseless crime I can fathom, why someone would target an elderly woman," Westbrook's friend Karen Luedtke said. "That's just the same as abusing a child knowing that she was helpless. She lived alone here. Obviously someone had been watching her."

Police have not released the cause of death, a motive, or if there are any suspects. They only say their investigation is on-going.

"I have peace knowing that she is with God," Luedtke said. "I don't have any doubt about that. She was an amazing lady with a lot of faith."

Bryan police say Westbrook lived in one of the city's safest neighborhoods. So far this year, there has only been one burglary. Police say most calls in that area pertain to animals.