Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter - bio | email
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
Four people have been arrested and charged with criminal homicide after a Clarksville woman was found dead in her home.
The body of Shirley Beck, 39, was discovered at a home on Wilson Court just before 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. Police told News 2 that they responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive female, and found Beck with multiple injuries.
Derek Vicchito can be heard on the 911 call asking for help.
“It looks like she was attacked by somebody,” Vicchito said.
“What do you mean attacked,” the dispatcher backstitch responds.
“She has a whole bunch of bruises on her.”
It appeared that the 39-year-old, identified as Shirley Beck, died from blunt force trauma. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Roommates Vicchito, Matthew Reynolds, Alphonso Richardson and Cynthia Skipper are charged with her murder.
According to neighbor Sandy Wright, Beck has been offered a ride to a battered women’s shelter just hours before she was killed.
“She had a big old black and blue bruise and her face was swollen up on one side,” Wright said. “That's when the maintenance man stopped her and asked her if she would like to get some help down at the women's shelter.”
Wright continued, “She said that she didn't want to go and then that night they did her in."
Wright told News 2 Beck was in a relationship with Richardson and had only been living at the Clarksville residence for about a month.
"She was a sweet girl, she would wave when walking the dogs," Wright said.
A woman who answered the door at the home where Beck died said she did not want to comment.
Clarksville Police said the investigation continues into Beck's murder.
Detectives have not released a motive for the killing.
Police told News 2 no other arrests are expected in connection with Beck’s murder.
Vicchito, Reynolds, Richardson and Skipper remain jailed without bond on criminal homicide charges.