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Neighbor saddened by Henrico woman’s death: ‘She was so happy’

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The daughter of a friend of the woman found dead in her Henrico home Saturday morning remembered her as a happy-go-lucky person who loved life.

Henrico Emergency Communications received a medical emergency call just before 10:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Americana Drive in the Stonewall Manor subdivision.

When police and rescue personnel arrived, they found an adult female unresponsive.

After fire and rescue personnel attempted life-saving measures, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner will determine the woman's identity and the manner and cause of her death.

The daughter of one of the woman’s neighbors, who spoke to WTVR CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones on the condition of anonymity, was distressed by the news.

"I said, ‘Oh my gosh, what happened?’  She said, ‘I don't know, I fell asleep on the couch and I woke up to a detective asking me when was the last time I saw her?’” the woman said.

That woman said that when her mother tried to go next door to where the woman lived, police would not allow her to go in.

An officer told her it was a death investigation and could not elaborate on the incident, according to the woman.

She said her mom, who has been living in Stonewall Manor for 15 years, befriended the woman who recently moved in.

WTVR CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones talks to the daughter of one of the woman’s friends.

WTVR CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones talks to the daughter of one of the woman’s friends.

"I'm a little upset that something's happened to somebody so close to my mom," she said. "[And for] my mom's emotional wellbeing because my mom keeps saying that she can't believe she's never going to see her sitting there."

The neighbor said the pair would frequently watch TV together.

She described the woman as a happy-go-lucky person who loved life and "had a lot of energy in her attitude."

"She was just was so happy and laughing,” she remembered. “Oh she laughed so hard all the time at the TV and my mom."

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the woman's death.

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