Friends Remember Julie Lunsford Abbott

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Before Julie Abbott grew up and became a doctor, her youth group friends knew her as Julie Lunsford, the oldest of seven siblings.

"Grace is a large church now, but in the mid '60s they were about half the congregation with seven kids," said friend Pat Coyle.

Friends remember Abbott, who was gunned down Friday in San Antonio, as someone who was always up for a good time.

"This is a person who I always remember with a beautiful smile on her face and just a lot of love for the people around her," said Coyle.

Julie was a member of the Bryan High School class of 1979. She was so well liked by her teachers that they nominated her for "Who's Who Among American High School Students."

Her sudden passing has been hard to cope with. She was coming out of her medical offices in the Alamo City when a man -- allegedly the husband of one of her patients -- shot her multiple times in the parking lot.

Authorities shot the suspect after he reportedly refused an order to drop his gun.

Abbott, a 47-year-old doctor, died at a San Antonio hospital.

"No one deserves what happened to Julie, but when someone is so good you wonder what's going on here," said Coyle. "The world doesn't seem to make sense."

Julie is gone, but not from her friends' memories.

"Just a great, great person. I have no bad memories of her," said Coyle. "When somebody passes away people always say nice things, but I'm not having to make anything up."

A page turned too soon in the life of someone loved by so many.

"I know where Julie is. I know her family are finding strength in their faith, so I'm kinda clinging to that myself now," said Coyle.

Memorial Services for Julie Abbott have been set for Monday morning at 11.

She'll be remembered at Community Bible Church, in San Antonio. Its the same church where she and her husband were leading a Bible study.

Steve Fullhart contributed to this report.

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