Folks Mourn, Celebrate, Murdered Woman During Vigil

"Mother, we will get justice," Wanda McGlover's daughter said she would want her mom to know. "You did not die in vain."

Some 100 people turned out for a candlelight vigil Sunday evening to mourn the loss of a Winchester woman murdered on her morning walk, not far from her home.

The vigil was held Sunday at the corner of Washington Street and Brookridge Lane, where the 68-year-old Wanda McGlover was found dying in a ditch Sept. 21.

Though initial reports were of a hit-and-run accident, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department announced Friday it was investigating the death as a homicide.

Organizers of the vigil opened a microphone to anyone who wanted to speak of McGlover, known around the neighborhood for her walks, her friendliness, her colorful clothing and her hats.

Some people held up signs reading messages such as, "we love you sister Wanda."

McGlover's daughter, who maintained from the first that her mother was intentionally murdered -- not struck by a vehicle -- spoke to Patch about McGlover, whom she said was "just a wonderful genius."

As she has done since the slaying, the daughter refrained from giving her name.

"My mother walked every day, four to five times a week," the daughter said.
"She walked three to five miles in this particular area. Somebody saw something. I am just begging the public to please, please, please come forward."

The woman asked that people visit a website here to give any tips about the case and also to donate money, because the time might come when the family may have to launch its own investigation.

Donations would also help to gather funds for a possible reward for information leading to the killer.

"This was a brutal, brutal, brutal attack. Somebody knows something."

The daughter added that she would want her mother to know that she will not give up in her search for the killer.

"Mother, we will get justice," the woman said to Patch.

"You did not die in vain."

McGlover, who suffered grave head trauma, died at a hospital.

Her daughter contends that McGlover was speaking with her on the phone the moment she was attacked by someone because she heard her mother say, "excuse me" before the assaulted woman screamed her daughter's name.

"Someone came up to her and either grabbed her arm or grabbed her from behind or something and she said ‘excuse me' to that person, or persons," the daughter said during a news conference earlier this week.

The woman explained that investigators' initial findings about her mother being struck by a hit-and-run driver do not make sense because when a vehicle bears down on someone, “they don’t have time to say 'excuse me' to the car."

Sharon October 02, 2012 at 03:16 PM
God give this family peace. L will miss you Wanda your smile your kindness. Always has a kind word for me. Sharon Scarbrough
speaking the truth October 03, 2012 at 07:34 AM
With all do respect, a family member can not run lights and travel at record speeds to get her to the hospital. Also, you have to be very careful not to tamper with evidence. Paramedics are trained, and family members aren't
Stay Positive October 03, 2012 at 04:28 PM
@1in the Wilderness, we have to also take into account the condition in which she was found. Bloody, extreme head trauma, that is a lot to process. We always say what we would have done in a situation, but ya really will never know what you would do until you are in that situation. I know I would have been incapable of driving if I found my mother in that condition. So many unanswered questions. Hind sight is 20/20. My prayers go out to the family and I pray justice be served swiftly.
Brenda October 04, 2012 at 08:20 AM
Also with possible head, neck, back trauma you can immediately kill or totally paralyze someone by moving them. There have been many times however that a police officer will literally pick up a small child or like and race them to the hospital while performing CPR and save a life.
1 in the wilderness October 04, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Again my sincere apologies for my previous comments or statements, I believe in showing consideration for others and their feelings very much so...May God bless this family with strength that passes all understanding, favor and sustain their joy in this very moment, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen..


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