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Grandmother Found Dead in Home Was Strangled by Friend During Fight: NYPD

 Edna Pierre-Jacques was found with severe head injuries in her home Monday, police said.
Edna Pierre-Jacques was found with severe head injuries in her home Monday, police said.
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BROOKLYN — A 78-year-old woman found dead inside her home had been strangled by a friend who began arguing with her shortly before the murder, NYPD officials said.

Edna Pierre-Jacques was inside her Troy Avenue home, near Avenue D when her friend Tamisha Harper, 43, began arguing with her police said. Harper then choking Pierre-Jacques to death with her bare hands, police said. Harper was also beaten in the head with a hammer, authorities said.

Police said they did not know why the women were arguing.

Pierre-Jacques' was found lying dead on the floor of the home by her daughter and granddaughter at 9:53 p.m. on Feb. 27, police said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police questioned family and friends, including Harper, who initially told investigators one story, police said.

But then Harper contradicted herself and when investigators called her on it, she confessed, police said.

She was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder, police said. She's due back in court Tuesday, court records show.