Friends remember life of Evonne Pullen

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) As three people charged in connection with the death of Evonne Pullen wait for their next court hearing, her friends mourn the loss.

Pullen’s body was found earlier this week beneath a garage at an Evansville home.

“Evonne had the most kind hearted soul that anybody could have,” said Catherine Leake Williams, who first met Pullen nearly four years ago while they were in Winchester, Virginia.

“We tried to help each other as best as we could,” she said, recalling how they helped each other.

Williams kept in contact with Pullen after she moved to Indiana. She says Pullen told her of the alleged abuse she suffered while living with Angela and Joan Paul, and Gary Anderson. Those three are charged in connection with Pullen’s death. Williams had hoped Pullen would leave and move back to Virginia. Williams got worried after not hearing from Pullen for months.

“She would’ve kept in contact with family and me. I knew something wasn’t right with the whole situation and was mad,” says Williams.

Friends say Pullen worked at a bakery in Winchester before moving to Evansville with Angela Paul. They say Pullen had a baby a few years ago, who is being taken care of by relatives. Senior Pastor Andy Combs of What’s New Worship in Winchester remembered her love of poetry and her giving spirit.

“I remember walking out of the sanctuary and I heard all this change, I didn’t know it was change, just heard this loud metal clanging noise. I turned around and saw Evonne emptying her pockets with all the change she had in her pockets. I thought, ‘Man, that’s the picture of what we’re supposed to be doing,” he recalled.

Our sister station, WDVM in Hagerstown, Maryland interviewed Pullen in 2015 while she was staying at a homeless shelter in Virginia. That story was about a temporary shelter just announcing it was closing earlier than planned. Williams says she and others who knew Pullen want answers on why this happened.

“I remember Evonne as very caring, loves to help people, no matter what situation she was in,” says Williams.

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(This story was originally published on November 13, 2019)

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