A Young Mom Was Murdered In An Apartment With A Child Nearby. A Decade Later, Police Are Stumped At The Killer's Name.

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Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police; Unsplash

Apr. 14 2022, Published 2:24 p.m. ET

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A young mom was found shot to death inside her Charlotte-area apartment. Her child was also found in the home, luckily, unharmed.

What police haven’t found is the woman’s killer.

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On Dec. 28, 2007, police in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area were called to an apartment. There, they found Kellie Sulton Owens, 30, with a gunshot wound, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Her child was found unharmed in the apartment, police said. It’s been more than 10 years since Owens was murdered and police have yet to make in the case. Officers told WCCB they are stumped on leads.

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“This case and a handful of others are the cases that I think about all day, even when I’m not at work,” Sgt. Darrell Price told the outlet.

Owens’ family told WCCB they feel like they haven’t had a good nights’ sleep in a decade. They frequently return to her grave site and cling to hope that someone will speak up.

“I notice things between the trees and the way the wind blows after I talk to her. It’s almost like she’s talking to me,” her best friend Svenya Nimmons told WCCB.

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There is still hope that they can one day gets answers about who and why.


“It would give me that peace that a friend deserves, and more so for her daughter,” Nimmons said.

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Her mother, Linda Owens, said she hopes keeping her daughter’s memory alive will lead to tips for the police. She said Kellie Owens was a great mom and loved her daughter.

“I would like to talk to that person, so he could–he or whomever did it–look into my eyes and look into my soul and see what you did to me, my, her granddaughter, her friends, my family.” Owens told WCCB.

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Anyone with information on Kellie Owens’ murder is asked to contact police at (704) 591-6109.

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Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police; Unsplash

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