An East St. Louis woman warned her Facebook friends that she might be killed just days before she was found stabbed to death in her apartment on Saturday night.
“If anything happens to me tonight just let my kids know I loved them dearly and tell my momma I love her,” Michelle Rowling posted on her Facebook page on November 25th.
On Saturday night, police were called to investigate a disturbance at Rowling’s apartment complex. Police found the 25-year-old bleeding out on the floor of her apartment.
Police arrested her ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Montrell Cooper, according to St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.
Cooper had been jailed since August for assaulting Rowling. But Rowling testified on his behalf which resulted in his sentence being reduced to probation.
Kelly says he wanted to keep Cooper behind bars following the lapse of his most recent jail stint, but Rowling was uncooperative, forcing Cooper’s release on probation.
Rowling’s relatives accused Cooper of murdering the mother of two because she was attempting to leave him behind and move on.
Police are still searching for Cooper, and are asking anyone with information to come forward. Source
Rowling listed her relationship status as “single” on her Facebook page. She was the mother of 2 small children.
Cooper was not the father of Rowling’s children.