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Community remembers murdered grandmother

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A community is remembering a Huntsville grandmother who was gunned down in her own home one year ago Saturday.

Delois Lightford was murdered on Maggie Avenue in 2012. A neighbor found her, face down in a bedroom with two gunshots wounds in her back.

It's been a tough week and an even tougher day for Lightford's loved ones, but they are putting their pain aside to remember her the best way they know how - with good food and good friends.

Lightford's son, Cardell Lightford, owns a restaurant chain in Huntsville. He invited the entire community to come out for a meal in memory of his mother.

He also reached out to other families of homicide victims to help them cope with their losses. The huge turnout reminded him just how much his mother was loved.

"At first it was rough, then when we found out who did it, it made us feel good for the moment, but then we had to come back down to reality that it's not going to bring her back," he said.

Delois Light ford's murder went unsolved for months. During that time, her family searched for answers as police searched for her killer. The family said she had no enemies.  

In fact, she had just moved to Huntsville from California one week before her death. Then in April came an arrest that would bring some closure to her family.

U.S. Marshals took down her suspected killer in Jefferson County. Tony Bradford is charged with the capital murder of Delois Lightford. Investigators believe Bradford killed her during a robbery.

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