Family of murdered East Knoxville woman offers reward

Family of murdered East Knoxville woman offers reward

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By KRISTYN HENTSCHEL
6 News Reporter 

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A $2,000 reward is being offered by the family of an East Knoxville woman who was found murdered in her home on Friday.

The family of Nola Atkins, 72, is hoping the reward will provide information that leads to an arrest, all while they're trying to cope with their loss.

"She was my buddy, and I miss her and I'll never forget her," said Fay Hoffman, a close friend of Ms. Atkins, as she was know to those who were close to her. 

"Nothing can happen like this and nobody not know anything," said her son, Ronald Martin.

As of right now, police are not releasing details, but friends and family say she was shot.

Her son discovered her body.

"She was laying face down in a pool of blood," added Martin.

Nola had just turned 72 on Tuesday. She was an active member of her church, a mother to four children and grandmother to three boys.  All of them were her pride and joy.

"Everybody knew her and she knew everybody and they all loved her," said Essie Smith.

Every year, they say, Nola cooked a big Easter meal complete with her famous chicken and dumplings. But this year there is no food, no celebrating, only tears and hopes at the very least that justice will be served.

"She will be in our memory the rest of my life, and I am sure the rest of the family's life," added Smith.

Funeral arrangements have been made for Wednesday, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in East Knoxville.

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