Woman identified in murder on Mud Island

by: Jerrita Patterson Updated:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis Police are investigating a murder on Mud Island. A mother was gunned down inside her Harbor Town home Tuesday night.

Neighbors identified the victim, and we were able to cross-check the victim's information with the help of land records.

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Nearly a dozen police cars lined Island Drive, outside the home of Susan and Scott Grissom Tuesday night. For the past two years, this house has been their home, their safe haven, until the unimaginable happened.

"I thought someone had been burglarized," neighbor Rick Jackson said. "But clearly whenever that many cops show up it's a little more intense."

Susan was found dead at her Harbor Town home. FOX 13 learned Susan attended Briarcrest Christian School, before attending the University of Mississippi.

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She was also the mother of recent Briarcrest grad, Devin Grissom, who became well-known after starring on the CMT reality show 'Sweet Home Alabama in 2011 and competing in the 2014 Miss Tennessee Pageant.  A family with strong ties to a community, that's now on edge.

"There's nowhere you are safe," Jackson said. "You never know where it's going to happen.  Being here eight months, it's very unnerving." 

At last check the motive was unknown. Police are pleading for any tips that could lead them to the gunman. Call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

The visitation will be held Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the Memorial Park Funeral Home and the funeral itself will take place Monday at Second Pres. Church at 10 a.m. 

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