Family recalls final moments with slain mother, plans to carry on legacy

The Gamble family reflects on the loss of their mother.
The Gamble family reflects on the loss of their mother.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The family of a murder victim is speaking about their lost loved one. Columbus Police say 83-year-old Peggy Gamble was found dead in her 8th St. home Monday. In the wake of Gamble’s murder, three siblings are remembering their mother’s final moments and how they will carry on her legacy.

Richard Gamble, Peggy Gamble’s oldest child and only son, says the call keeps playing over and over in his head. He says he will never forget the moment he found out his mother was murdered.

“I was in the bed and my sister called me,” Gamble said. “She said someone broke in mother’s house and killed her.”

The Gamble family reflects on the loss of their mother.
The Gamble family reflects on the loss of their mother.

Gamble says his entire family was shocked to head about the death of his mother, who he affectionately called “Ma Dear.”

“To know that someone came into the house, murdered my mother, burglarized her home, and took her car…that’s more than my heart can take,” Gamble’s brother Miriam Short said.

Columbus Police arrested Angelo Short as a person of interest in the case, though he is not charged with murder. Rather, he faces a theft by taking charge in the 8th St. incident. Police say Short also faces a number of charges in connection with a grocery store burglary.

“I helped take care of him,” Miriam Short responded when asked about her step-son’s possible connection to the case. “I raised him. But you cannot change a person unless they want to be changed.”

Peggy Gamble’s children are now taking on the legacy of their mother.

“We strived for her praise,” Richard Gamble said.

“She raised three very successful children, and we have raised very successful grandchildren as well,” Peggy Gamble’s youngest daughter Cenneta Gunn told News 3.

Gamble’s influence extends beyond blood. Her pastor, Rev. Marcus Gibson, calls her a matriarch at Greater Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Gibson encourages everyone to adopt Gamble’s heartfelt love for friends and strangers alike.

“Tragedies like this happen to good people too,” Gibson said. “Because you feel the heaviness of the loss. But it’s a needful thing to help the family and our congregation move forward.”

Sconiers Funeral Home will handle arrangements for the Gamble family. The service has not yet been scheduled. Meanwhile, Angelo Short has a preliminary hearing in Recorder’s Court Thursday at 9 a.m.


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