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"I couldn't believe it;" suspect in Athens fatal shooting bonds out of jail, family upset

McKee's family says her funeral will be at the Serenity Funeral Home in Etowah. She'll be cremated and have a headstone at a cemetery in Farner, Tenn. placed next her late husband and mother. (image Robert McKee)

Kathleen McKee. 60, lived a peaceful life in Athens. At least that's what she told her brother, Robert, who now lives in Puerto Rico working for the Coast Guard.

"She always seem kind of happy," he said. "She would always tell me about the views."

On Thursday, deputies in McMinn County say McKee got into an argument with her landlord, Charles Ward. After she called 911, deputies found her body inside her home with an evident gun shot wound. They arrested Ward and charged him with first degree murder.

"She got the 911 call off," said Robert McKee. "I just can't even imagine what would've happened if she didn't get the 911 call off."

Now, McKee's brother struggles to find peace after learning Ward bonded out of the McMinn County Jail on Saturday. His bond was set at $200,000 thousand dollars.

"He's out enjoying a cup of coffee right now, while we're taking care of her funeral arrangements," McKee said. "I respect the system, I respect the justice system, but how can this guy be out?"

"You can accept a lot of ways of how someone passes away," he said. "But when you hear somebody was shot and think about the terror of her last minute."

All Robert McKee wants to do now is think about how peacefully his sister lived her life.

"She would never hurt a fly," he said. "She would give you the shirt off of her back. She'd feed ya, she loved to cook, she loved flowers, she was very crafty."

McKee's family says her funeral will be at the Serenity Funeral Home in Etowah. She'll be cremated and have a headstone at a cemetery in Farner, Tenn. placed next her late husband and mother.

They will hold a memorial service on Saturday July 28th at 11 A.M. at the Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle on 245 Co Rd 667 in Riceville.

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