An elderly woman whose East Side home had been burglarized repeatedly this summer was found fatally bludgeoned Wednesday evening.
Police believe the woman, identified as Dolores C. Carr, 78, was killed during a home invasion and robbery of her two-story house on Domedian Street, off Genesee Street.
Carr's body was discovered in her dining room by her son, police said.
Her son had been trying to reach his mother by phone for two days before he went to the house, police added.
"She was struck with something," said Detective Sgt. Daniel Figueroa of the Buffalo Police Homicide Unit. "It was a home invasion."
Neighbors were shocked by the crime.
"It's a nice neighborhood," said Marquita Hardaway, 21, who moved next door to the victim just two months ago.
"This is the second time the police have been here for her," said a 20-year-old neighbor riding by on his bicycle, who declined to give his name. "That's messed up."
Police records show that Carr, who lived alone, had reported being burglarized three times and robbed once at her home in June and July.
In the most brazen incident, Carr told police on the morning of July 12 that a man broke into her home through a back window while she was sleeping.
The man, who was armed with a hammer, woke her up, put a pillow over her head and demanded money, she said.
Thirteen days later, she reported hearing a noise as she was sleeping. When she looked around her home, she discovered that her lights were on and that her TV and two snowblowers were missing. She also noticed a rear window was broken.
At the scene of the crime late Wednesday, investigators said a window in the back of the house was broken, but it was unclear when that had happened.
In the other two incidents, Carr reported that on June 27, someone stole a lawnmower from her garage, and on July 8, someone cut the screen on a door, forced open the door and stole credit cards, her purse, a check for $250 and a lawn edger.