Robbers arrived an elderly Texas woman who froze to death
An 84-year-old Texas woman froze to death in the historic cold snap last week – and robbers ransacked her home soon after, according to a new report.
Mary Gee’s body was discovered Tuesday morning at her home in the Northshore Meadows apartment complex in northeast Houston, her granddaughter Nicale Spencer told KTRK.
A medical examiner found, according to the report, that Gee had died of hypothermia.
“For someone to freeze to death is … I’m always cold,” Spencer said. “Just so that this cold stays in my body until I get away from it, it’s just a difficult path. It’s almost like suffering and it’s just sad.”
Both the heating and electricity were turned off in Gee’s apartment overnight before she was found dead.
Less than a day later, robbers broke into her home and headed out with her TV, stereo, phone and her son’s army badge, relatives at the point of sale told.
“The stuff was just searched and thrown,” Cook explained. “I really don’t care, I took care of her.”
According to the report, 22 people died from weather-related causes, including hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning, on Sunday evening.
Cristian Pavon Peneda, 11, was found dead in his bed the day before Gee was discovered – also under suspicion of hypothermia after his mobile home lost power.
Cristian, who moved his family to Texas from Honduras two years ago, spent the last day of his life playing in the snow for the first time in his life.
The historically cold temperatures put a strain on the state’s power grid, forcing the Texas Electric Reliability Council, a cooperative responsible for 90 percent of the state’s electricity, to implement rolling blackouts.
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