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Elmer "Joe" Roehrs Death Ruled a Homicide in Alexandria, Va.; Marie Maybell Johnson Charged in Burglary of the home

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Photo Gallery: Police Investigate Suspicious Death Of Elderly Man In Va.
Marie Maybell Johnson, charged with burglary and grand larceny at Elmer Roehrs house in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police have now ruled an elderly man's death a homicide.

Police say 94-year-old Elmer 'Joe' Roehrs was killed from trauma to his upper body in his Del Ray, Virginia home.

A family member discovered his body around 7 p.m. Wednesday night, in the 2700 block of Holly Street. That's in the Del Ray community of Alexandria.

Neighbors say this is the kind of neighborhood where folks borrow eggs and milk and help each other out.

The murder has shattered their faith in people. They've been left asking themselves who would want to do this to a 94-year-old man who was beloved here.

Neighbor Carol Sikkelee remembers her neighbor fondly and doesn't understand who would want to harm Elmer Roehrs who everyone knew as Joe.

"He was frail. Joe was an incredible man, kind, generous, he would thank you for saying hello. He wouldn't hurt a flea."

Joe lived with his 87-year-old wife. Police say there have been several car break-ins in the neighborhood. The couple's home was broken into last November.

In a bizarre twist police arrested 45-year-old Marie Maybell Johnson Thursday morning in connection to the home burglary.

Johnson has not been charged with any crime related to the elderly man's murder.
Police say Johnson is known to the family. She rented one of several properties the family owned.

Thursday afternoon, detectives returned to the home canvassing the outside and inside of the home. They're trying to figure out if anything was stolen.

The Del Ray community of Alexandria's sense of security has been shattered before.

Nearly 10 years ago, Nancy Dunning, a fixture in the community who earned the nickname 'queen of Del Ray was murdered in her home.
Her death remains unsolved.

Residents say they are disturbed by the murder of their neighbor but it hasn't taken away the beauty of their charming neighborhood.

Family Statement:

"Joe was a gentle, frail, 94 year-old gentleman. His life was restricted to being in the house, where he fondly fixed meals for his wife, cared for a few flowering plants, read his paper, rooted for the Orioles, Redskins, and Wizards on TV. He always had a cheerful greeting and was always eager to say "thank you," even if you were doing someone for someone else. His loving being will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Joe."

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