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Man Charged With Murder After His ‘Selfless’ Caretaker Sister Found Dead In Inflatable Pool

"Angie was actively trying to get home placement for her brother, but would not get support from our mental health system that she needed," victim's family says. 

By Gina Tron

A man was arreated and charged with murder after his sister was found dead in an inflatable swimming pool located on the back porch of own home in Warrenton, Virginia, authorities say.

Deputies responded to Angie Walls’ home on Saturday after another person who lived in the home called 911 to report an unresponsive woman in a pool, according to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office. Walls, 53, was dead. Her boyfriend found her body, according to the Fauquier Times.

Almost immediately, police identified Walls' brother, Ashton Dunlap Berry, as the murder suspect. The 51-year-old Berry was at the home when police arrived. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held on no bond.

The exact cause and manner of death have not yet been released, pending an autopsy report by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police say. Police did say Walls was involved in some sort of physical altercation earlier in the day.

"It is suspected the victim may have died as a result of the intentional drowning, however the cause and manner of death will be confirmed by an autopsy," Sgt. James Hartman, a spokesman for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office told the Fauquier Times.

A GoFundMe that appears to have been set up by Walls family describes her as “a selfless person who only served others, never asking for anything in return.”

The fundraiser states that she was the primary caregiver for her brother.

“Angie was actively trying to get home placement for her brother, but would not get support from our mental health system that she needed,” the GoFundMe states. “It was constantly pushed back on her, even after voicing multiple times that she was fearful for her life. This was voiced over several months, yet our system continued to decide he should stay in her home. Being the good person she is, she continued to provide care for him as she couldn’t let him become homeless.”

It’s unclear if Berry has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

[Photo: Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office]

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