According to family, the events leading to Towler's death started at her house. Thinking a person was breaking into her home, Towler grabbed her gun for protection, then called 911.
Family says she fired out a back window, and they say police told them she had fired out a front window too. Next, she walked from her home two doors down to her sister's home. Then, just feet from her sister's porch, an Altavista Officer shot and killed her.
"I knew somebody had gotten shot, but I didn't know who it was," said Miller.
Towler's sister Margaret Davis did not want to speak on camera. She is still in shock after seeing police shoot and kill her sister right before her eyes. After this, Davis plans to move off Charlotte Avenue.
People living around Charlotte Ave. say in recent years say the neighborhood has changed. And the Altavista Police Department has really stepped up enforcement. One neighbor, who asked we do not reveal his face or name, doesn't like it.