Margaret Abbott was 56 years old when she was murdered. Her body was found on a dead-end street in Shreveport, Louisiana, more than 10 years ago, and the person responsible for her death has yet to be brought to justice.
At around 1 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2008, the Shreveport Police Department received a 911 call about a shooting on West Canal Boulevard near Miller Automotive.
The Times reported that a resident in the area told dispatch that when they heard gunshots, they looked out their window and saw a woman lying on the ground next to a utility pole.
The woman was identified as Abbott, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, which was less than two miles away from where she lived on Brent Drive.
Abbott was shot five times: once in the back of the head and four times in her back, according to KSLA.
At around 5 a.m. that same morning, a detective went to her daughter’s home, showed her a photo of Abbott, and told her that she had been shot.
It was reported that Abbott, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, had left her home and was unable to find her way back. She was last seen on a surveillance camera at a liquor and convenience store on Hollywood Avenue at Jewella.
Relatives were stunned as they told the media that she had never walked that far before.
The video showed Abbott leaving the store and walking toward Southern Classic before she was later gunned down.
Abbott’s daughter was left wondering why someone would want to shoot her mother. She said, “They took advantage of her mind being bad and did whatever, and even so, she couldn’t harm them. That was just wrong.”
The victim had 11 great-grandchildren but had only met two of them. If she had, she would have likely covered them in kisses and called them “sweetheart.”
It was one of the things she loved to do to her loved ones, according to her relatives, who are still seeking justice for murder.
They are hopeful that someone will someday come forward.
Anyone with information regarding the unsolved murder of Margaret Abbott is encouraged to contact Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.