No new info on woman's murder, neighbors afraid

CHAPEL HILL, TX (KLTV) - By Jena Johnson - bio | email | Twitter
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CHAPEL HILL, TX (KLTV) - Monday, a murdered East Texas college student was laid to rest. A funeral was held for 19-year-old Amanda Anderson, who was found shot to death last week inside her family's home in Chapel Hill.

Little more is known about Anderson's murder, and authorities remain tight-lipped about whether they have any idea who killed her. Anderson's neighbors say that, until that question is answered, they are looking over their shoulders.

With crime tape still tightly wrapped around Anderson's home, authorities spent the day gathering more evidence.

A block away, neighbor Charity Mullins says she is even more cautious sweeping her front porch.

"We're adding more lighting," said Mullins. "We always keep our front porch light on at night. But, we're adding more lighting and actually looking to buy another light from the outside of the house."

Mullins says the lack of public details surrounding Anderson's murder keeps her on edge.

"That's probably the most frightening part is the randomness seemingly of it," said Mullins. "I know law enforcement, they need to, you know, they don't want to share every detail of their investigation, but there would be security in knowing that whoever did this was apprehended and knowing they're doing what they can do to make this neighborhood secure again."

"It seems kind of random to me," said Kenneth Cullpepper, a neighbor.

That alone puts Cullpepper on high alert. He says he will do whatever it takes to make sure his family is safe.

"We're always had guns and always felt like we had a right to protect my family and my home," said Cullpepper.

Until Anderson's killer is caught, neighbors will remain uneasy.

"I hope we can feel more safe in our homes," said Mullins.

Authorities say they are waiting for Anderson's autopsy results.

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