A Michigan man has confessed to shooting his neighbor to death after he saw her blowing snow out of his driveway.
Wendell Earl Popejoy, 63, went outside and shot Sheila Bonge, 59, from behind.
Ottawa County Sheriff’s detective Ann Koster said Popejoy confessed to the killing, according to an affidavit obtained by MLive.
Police say Bonge’s body was found buried behind Popejoy’s home on Dec. 28. She was reported missing by family after the shooting on Dec. 26.
Bonge’s family released a statement after the news emerged, saying “We have no other choice but to put our faith in the justice system.”
They added in the statement, obtained by WOOD-TV, that Bonge “was loved dearly by so many for her sweet and caring nature. She was selfishly and brutally taken from us far too soon.”
Neighbors in the area told the broadcaster that Bonge often had run-ins with his neighbors.
“She really didn’t bother anyone unless she was being pushed and she was pushed,” one of Bonge’s friends, Guy McDonnell, told WZZM.
John Luke, Bonge’s brother, said on GoFundMe that his sister “was suddenly taken away from her family in such a cruel senseless way.”
“She was a mother, a grandma, a great grandma, aunt, and a sister. She was loved very much and will be deeply missed. She was loved by many,”
Funds raised on the website will go toward burial and funeral costs.
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