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Montgomery, Hoover mourns murder victim

Doris Bennett, 52, was killed while walking her dog Monday night in Hoover. Doris Bennett, 52, was killed while walking her dog Monday night in Hoover.
Darryle Shields, 16, charged with the Capital Murder of Doris Bennett.  COURTESY: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Darryle Shields, 16, charged with the Capital Murder of Doris Bennett. COURTESY: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Brandon Foster, 17, charged with the Capital Murder of Doris Bennett.  COURTESY: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Brandon Foster, 17, charged with the Capital Murder of Doris Bennett. COURTESY: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- It's a tale that spans two cities--and ends with murder.

Doris Jean Bennett, 52, was gunned down outside her Hoover apartment complex Monday night.  Police say two teens, Darryle Shields, 16, and Brandon Foster, 17 are the culprits.

"Shortly after [the shooting], we received a 911 call about a lady who was lying in the parking lot, who was not breathing," said Capt. Jim Coker of the Hoover Police Department.

The news of Bennett's death traveled quickly to Montgomery.  She grew up in the Capital City and lived in Montgomery's Newtown community until early this year.

Friends and family members still can't believe Bennett is gone.

"It's just like a nightmare.  You don't know if you're waking up--or if you're going to wake up," explained Hermon Thornton, Bennett's close friend.

"All I can think about is, 'This can't be happening.  They have the wrong person,'" confessed friend Roselyn Braswell.

People close to the Montgomery native aren't the only ones mourning her loss.

Neighbors in Hoover gathered for a candlelight vigil Friday night to remember their friend, who was killed while walking her dog.

"What Ms. Bennett was doing at that time of the evening is something we all do," explained Ralph Douglas, Bennett's neighbor.

Now, the cities of Hoover and Montgomery are permanently connected by an unspeakable crime.

Shirley Bennett tells WSFA 12 News she just wants justice for her sister's death.

"I know God said do not hate, but I still will never forgive [them] for what [they] did to my sister," she said.

Shields and Foster are both in the Jefferson County Jail without bond, charged with Capital Murder during a robbery attempt.

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