Church Members Mourn Murder Victim

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS – The death of a beloved Cleveland Heights woman has left a community stunned.

Saddened members of the Straightway Bible Fellowship Church left services Sunday after praying for and remembering Judy Winston.

Church member Iris Turner-Berry said Winston was a joy to be around.

“From the heart, everything that she did was like, from the heart,” Turner-Berry said.

Police found Winston, 55, dead in an upstairs room of her Cleveland Heights home Saturday afternoon after she failed to show up at a church health fair that she had helped organize.

Police are investigating her death as a suspected homicide.

Cleveland Heights police have arrested Winston’s 21-year-old grandson in connection with her murder. He has not yet been charged.

"It's so hard for me to think that this type of thing happened to her because it seems so senseless,” church member Ann McKenzie said.

Winston taught Bible studies and Sunday school at Straightway Bible Fellowship church.

"Sister Judy was a dedicated member of this church. She was loved by everybody at the church. She's going to be truly missed,” McKenzie added.

"The person who took Judy away from us, Judy would want us to love them and forgive them, because that's the type of person she was,” church member Clarice Vassar said.

Those who knew Judy are left to wonder about the senseless loss of such a beloved member of the community.

"When we pick flowers, we want the prettiest flowers, and that's the way God was too.   He wants the prettiest flowers, and she was a rose. She really was,” Vassar added.

McKenzie said she believes Winston is in a better place.

“She was very faithful. God wanted her to come home. She's in a better place.”

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