Family Reacts to Daughter's Murder after Suspect is Arrested

April 25, 2007 - Posted at 6:19 p.m. CDT

DONIPHAN, MO-"He was her neighbor. He knew the baby was sick. He knew what she had to do. He knew, and he killed her," said Donnell's mother Sherrie Gunter As she prepares to bury her 25 year old daughter.

"To think of the torture the man did to her goes over and over in my head. That's all I can think of when I close my eyes," said Gunter.

That man is 46 year old Eddie Marshall who was arrested late Tuesday evening in Pope County, Arkansas.

Heather Donnell's body was found Monday afternoon beaten to death inside his house.

"I knew she wouldn't do it herself. I knew. She told me, mom I won't go, I won't go. You know me better than that," said Gunter.

Friends she worked with also say she was scared of Marshall.

"She had said on occassion he was kind of wierd and kind of strange and different things to that matter," said Sandra Hoefer who worked with Donnell.

Marshall was Donnell's neighbor, but just how well they knew each other was another story.

"He would see her and act like he'd known her for years. As far as I know this guy had only been here for a year if that long," said Hoefer.

What was once a crime scene just over 24 hours ago, has now been replaced with no trespassing and keep out signs, marking an eerie quiet that has come over the community.

"Just by talking to somebody, you think maybe the guy next door, and come to find out it was the guy next door,"

"I don't feel anything. I feel like I'm in a cage, in a prison chained up and I can't get to her. She's hollering wanting me. You've never felt like your hands were tied like this in your whole life. I don't want anyone to feel this,"

***Funeral Arangements***

Visitation will be Friday evening from 6:00 til 8:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Both will be held at the West Point Church in Doniphan.


If you would like to make a donation to the family they ask that you do so at Edwards Funeral Home in Doniphan.

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