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December 4, 2012

Updated: Athens Police say murder victim was stabbed


Nice woman

A neighbor of Wellington, who sometimes gave her rides, said the victim was a trusting person but not too much so. 

“She was very nice — a very trusting woman, ” said Joanne Thompson, who has lived at Elmwood Apartments for several years. “You didn’t see her around many men. I know for sure she wouldn’t have let someone in her apartment that she didn’t know.”

Johnson described the apartment complex as safe, well lighted and home to people with disabilities, families and elderly people, though, she said, more young people had moved in recently.

Thompson said she last saw Wellington on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 28.

“She was coming from downtown,” Thompson said. “We talked about how nice it was outside, we talked for about 20 minutes. She was happy, nothing seemed out of the way.”

Nicholas Thompson, the 15-year-old son of Joanne, said residents in the apartment complex have been “paranoid” since the murder.

“It’s always been quiet,” he said of the apartment complex.

Neither he nor his mother had heard any sounds of distress from Wellington’s apartment between Wednesday and Friday.

“That’s what freaked people out (no noise),” Nicholas said. “It wasn’t a stranger.”


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