Community honors life of Margaret Abbott 14 years after shooting death

It’s been 14 years since Margaret Abbott’s life was taken in Shreveport.
It’s been 14 years since Margaret Abbott’s life was taken in Shreveport.(KSLA)
Published: Oct. 22, 2022 at 6:45 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - It’s been 14 years since Margaret Abbott’s life was taken in Shreveport.

Margaret had bipolar schizophrenia. Late at night on Nov. 23, 2008, she wandered away from her home and was shot five times. Ever since then, her family has been looking for answers and wondering who fired those shots.

Abbott’s daughters say they are still in disbelief from losing their mother.

“This is unbelievable, it’s just hard knowing that a detective came to my house at five in the morning telling me that my mother has been shot five times. I couldn’t believe that. That wasn’t true, not my mama. And if I would’ve found her, when I was looking for her, and they were getting ready to shoot her, I would’ve told them, ‘Take my life before you take my mama’s life,’” said Anita Abbot.

Today would have been is Margaret’s 70th birthday. To celebrate her life, the community honored her with a balloon release and a visit to her grave.

“If she were here right now, I would hug her and let her give me all the wet kisses she wants to,” said Patricia Williams, Margaret’s daughter.

All these years later, her family is still chasing leads, hoping to find the person responsible for her death.

“We want someone to finally say what little you know, what little have you heard. Turn it in to someone, Crime Stoppers. Without giving any names or anything, just let us know what you know,” said Anita.

Margaret left behind a loving family, including 11 great-grandchildren. However, she only got to meet two.

“She also said she loved you everyday. I would give anything to hear her say it again. Her favorite word was sweetheart. I love you sweetheart. And she loved to give you kisses,” said Anita and Patricia.