Who would want to kill an 88-year-old grandmother?

Neighbors say Evelyn Shapiro was found around 10 a.m. Saturday beaten to death on the floor of her apartment, with bags of groceries strewn all over the place, and her front door unlocked. Her daughter found her.

No one has been arrested yet.

According to her neighbors, the elderly woman called the Pelham Parkway housing project home for more than 50 years, and was one-of-a-kind. Herma Williams, President of the building's Resident Association, remembers Mrs. Shapiro like this: "Sweet lady, comical, very good sense of humor, Ms. Shapiro was a character. We'll miss her dearly."

Williams says she was still driving, shopped for herself, and lived alone -- the picture of an independent woman. Williams speculated to investigators: "She must've went shopping, came back, her groceries were thrown around the floor...they are not saying yet... the apartment was ransacked, so maybe there was some jewelry."

The investigation stretched into the afternoon. People are shocked, as is Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who offered his condolences to the family and said this of the person responsible for the death of the woman he called a pillar of her community: "Anyone who could so brutally take the life of an 88-year-old woman is a monster, has no place in our society, and the sooner they are off our streets the better."

People living in the housing complex point out that are no security cameras in the building, but they're hoping one of the nearby store's cameras may have captured something.

Edited By Michelle Robinson