Neighbors shocked by Cotton County homicide

Neighbors shocked by Cotton County homicide

TEMPLE, Okla._Residents in the small town of Temple, Oklahoma, are in shock as the investigation into a homicide continues.

The body of 41-year-old Shannen Brown was pulled from her home early Tuesday morning. Authorities believe she was killed and then her bedroom was set on fire. A teenage boy, who called 911, has been arrested in connection with the crime, but has not been charged. The unanswered questions about the crime only add to the concerns in the community.

Neighbors are still having a hard time figuring out how something like this could happen in their close knit town.

"It's a quiet town, a very quiet town," said Harold Powell, a neighbor.

Powell lives a few miles from the county road where the crime happened. He says in his 30 plus years of living there, he has not heard of something like this happening so close to home.

"It's still kind of a shock to see. Neighbors, country neighbors where this happened," Powell said.

Temple is rural town where everybody knows everybody, even though in some cases the closest neighbors are at least a mile away. One neighbor says Brown always gave a friendly wave when driving down the road.

Fire Chief Chris Metcalf says Brown was well liked by everyone in the community. Metcalf says Brown's husband is also on the volunteer fire department. He says his firemen are having a hard time wrapping their minds around what happened.

Other area neighbors say it does not seem real. Acts of violence are rare to many who call Temple home.

"It is an awful thing and I'm sorry about it," Powell said.

The teenager who was arrested Tuesday has not yet officially been charged. The medical examiner has not released an exact cause of death.

The OSBI is the lead agency on this homicide investigation. They have not responded to calls for updates on the case.  We will continue to update this story as we learn more on the investigation.