NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Relatives and neighbors are trying to understand how anyone could kill a frail, homebound 91-year-old grandmother. On Thursday Pasco detectives classified Carolyn J. Martin’s death as a homicide.
On Tuesday at 11:36 a.m. the sheriff’s office received a call about Martin, who died at her home in New Port Richey. Preliminary information indicated that Martin had fallen and died. However, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday additional information obtained in the investigation indicates the woman’s death is suspicious.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the cause of death at this time. Detectives say this was not a random act so neighbors have no reason to be concerned.
Martin’s loved ones say she was generous to people in need. Porsha Hughes received a call about the death from her boyfriend, the victim’s grandson. “He was crying hysterically. He’s like, ‘It’s grandma.’ Like, what’s going on? He’s like, ‘She’s dead,’ and I was like, ‘Wait what?’ I kind of like I had to catch my breath for a second and I was like, ‘Wait no way,’” Hughes said. “She was just a darling, a very, very darling lady, and I loved her to death.”
This tiny woman required oxygen tubes to keep her alive. A sign in the front window of her residence warns people not to smoke because of oxygen use.
“She’s a real nice, sweet Christian lady. She basically had bible studies at her house, and just real sweet giving person,” neighbor Gregg Duyser said. But several neighbors told News Channel 8 this giving woman’s son has mental health problems. They called him “unstable.”