A woman who was stabbed to death in a US apartment had left a chilling Facebook message apparently warning her friends she was going to be killed.
Michelle Rowling, 25, was found by police in East St Louis, Illinois, investigating calls of a disturbance on Saturday. She was rushed to hospital with multiple knife wounds, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Last night Ms Rowling’s ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Montrell Cooper, turned himself in to police. He had been wanted for breaching a probation order not to have any contact with the victim.
Officers said he was a person of interest in her death, according to reports from the Illinois news channel KSDK.
Cooper was jailed in August for assaulting Ms Rowling, and had previously avoided jail in a domestic violence trial after she testified in his favour.
Chilling details have now emerged of the week leading up to Ms Rowling’s death.
On Tuesday 26 November at 3.49am the mother of two wrote a public Facebook status which read: “SOOOOOOOO IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ME TONIGHT JUST LET MY KIDS KNOW I LOVED THEM DEARLY AND TELL MY MOMMA I LOVE HER.”
Friends and fellow social media users told her not to “say things like that” and call the police, to which she responded: “THE POLICE… LOL IM GONE B GONE BOUT TIME THEY COME.”
Later that morning, Ms Rowling wrote: “I’m good… I just heard some news that's it.” Family members now allege that the news she referred to was Cooper’s release from prison. He was freed on Monday 25 November.
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly confirmed to KSDK that Cooper had indeed been jailed for assaulting Ms Rowling, and police said that in one incident last year she arrived at City Hall with blood pouring from her neck, saying Cooper had stabbed her.
No charges have yet been filed in the case. Officers added that Ms Rowling’s children are staying with her family members.