Authorities have not yet released the name of the elderly woman who was killed in her home during the incident which claimed the life of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna on Sunday.
Neighbors say that the woman, who was a widow, lived by herself and enjoyed cooking meals for her friends.
"She's been my neighbor for 30 years," Sue Nichols said. "I used to go over for dinner, she built that sun room where she was found. I just never thought I would see her go this way, that's for sure."
The woman lived at 100 Torrey St., where bullet holes were visible in the aftermath of a footchase through the neighborhood that led police to 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes. The suspect will be arraigned on Monday on two murder charges.
Neighbor Derek Hamparian said that everyone in the neighborhood is grieving.
"Just a really sweet lady, very nice," he said.
"Fun, energetic, I hope I'm like her when I'm that age," Nichols said.
The woman was also known for her generosity, especially on Halloween. Neighbors say she gave out some of the biggest candy bars on the street.