Friends, Neighbors Grieve Over Elderly Woman Beaten To Death

Neighborhood Still In Shock After Brutal Slaying Of 81-Year-Old Woman.

Friends and family knew 81-year-old Dorothy Session as " Pauline," a kind and gentle woman, whom they say did not deserve to be beaten to death. "I can't believe it. It's terrible," said Rocky Stone.

Stone and his wife, Judy, can't believe their neighbor and friend of more than a decade, Pauline Session, was brutally beaten Wednesday evening. It happened in her home on the 1500 block of Camino Sierra in Northeast Bakersfield.

"When we got here, the woman said she'd been robbed by a black male and black female earlier in the day," said Sheriff's Lt. Steve Hansen.

"It's shocking when it's right next door like this. This neighborhood seems pretty safe," said Rocky Stone.

Neighbors report seeing two Hispanic or black women and one black man walking through the neighborhood, knocking on doors, checking to see if anyone was home. The suspects in this case entered Session's home through an unlocked back door. The Sheriff's Office said Session was found by her grandson who went looking for her after relatives got worried.

"Apparently she had an appointment to pick someone up earlier and she didn't show up to the appointment so her grandson went to check on her and found her at the living room of the residence," said Lt. Hansen.

Session had been beaten in the face and head with a blunt object, but was not robbed. She died hours later at the hospital.

"She was a very nice person,"said Rocky Stone. "She would bake cookies and bring them to a next door neighbor. She's always willing to share anything she had," said Judy Stone. "She didn't deserve this," said Rocky Stone.

If anyone has information, they are urged to contact Detective Balasis at 391-7587 or the Secret Witness Hotline at 322-4040.

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