AUSTIN (KXAN) — The day after two bodies were found in a North Austin home, crime tape no longer blocks off the 1700 block of Brentwood Street. However, the home of 83-year-old Billie and 85-year-old Sidney Shelton does have caution tape along the perimeter, as well as a boarded front door. It was one of the home’s doors a caretaker found open Monday morning.
“From the pictures they were showing on television it was kind of hard to tell which house was roped off. I just had to come by and see,” said friend and former pastor for the Shelton’s, Fred Daughtry.
Daughtry moved from the area a few years ago, but he still considered Billie and Sidney friends.
“We’d come by and have coffee, play dominoes,” said Daughtry.
Daughtry said Billie and Sidney were active at Skyview Baptist Church. He said they attended every Sunday and offered to volunteer. Fred said Billie served as financial secretary for the church, while Sidney kept busy.
“Always finding something to do and always piddling with something around the church,” said Daughtry.
Daughtry said it was the Shelton’s character that stood out most.
“They’re people you would want to live right next to you, people you would want to be your best friends, people you could always count on, people that were loyal,” said Daughtry.
Police responded to what was initially a burglary call but found the bodies of the couple inside when they arrived. The medical examiner ruled the deaths both homicides. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES.