HOUSTON -- It was a violent crime that left an elderly woman dead and a local family in grief. One year later, they’re still searching for answers and the culprit of the deadly home invasion.
The victim was 82-year-old Margaret “Marie” Gage.
“It’s not the way you’re supposed to go,” said Gage’s daughter, Loa Glenn.
Gage wasn’t just a mother and wife; she was considered the leader of the family.
“I was very, very close to my Mom,” said Glenn.
In fact, their homes practically touched and that makes what happened harder for her daughter to accept.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a good night’s sleep since then,” said Glenn.
It was January of 2012 around 8 p.m. Marie was reading and her husband Bill, 84, was watching television in their living room. Then, their dog, Molly, started barking.
Thinking she wanted to go out, Bill Gage went to the back door.
“As soon as he opened the door the guy rushed in and pushed my dad,” said Glenn.
The Gage’s were victims of a home invasion. A ‘blitz’ attack that battered, kicked, and knocked Bill to the floor.
“And he jumped over him, right toward my mom,” Glenn said, recalling her father’s account.
The intruder was yelling he wanted her jewelry, but before Marie could answer, he struck her.
“She had defensive wounds on her arms,” said Glenn about her mother.
Gage slipped into unconsciousness just as Bill stopped the attacker by saying he would give him what he wanted.
In the end, Marie’s four-karat diamond ring and her three-carat pendant necklace slipped away into that winter night, but the criminal took something much more precious that night. He took Marie’s life.
“What did she feel, how did she hurt,” asked Glenn as tears fell down her face.
Marie Gage died January 12, 2012.
“They would have given him anything,” said the grieving daughter. “He didn’t have to be so mean.”
The KHOU 11 News I-Team went back to the scene of the crime with Katherine Cabaniss of Crime Stoppers of Houston.
“It’s terribly tragic,” said Cabaniss, who still hopes to solve this case. “There is a violent predator that is still out there. He’s a threat to any of us.”
In the meantime, questions remain. How did the man that police call “less than an animal” know about the jewelry? Why did he focus on Marie and attack her?
“Nobody saw anything, even him leaving or any vehicles or anything so that made it very, very touch,” said Marie’s son-in-law, Greg Glenn.
As for the jewelry? Investigators circulated pictures of the pieces hoping they would turn up at a pawn shop or a jeweler. So far, there’s been no sign of them.
“As many leads have come up, there hasn’t been one that has broken the case,” said Cabaniss.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.
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