Michelle Rowling, 25, from East St. Louis, Ill., was found dead in her home on Saturday night, after police were called to her apartment for a report of a disturbance. The young mother of two had been stabbed several times.
On Dec. 4, the suspect, or person of interest, in Rowling’s stabbing death, 25-year-old Montrell Cooper, turned himself in to the Ill. State Police, according to FOX News.
There’s a history of domestic violence between Cooper and Rowling.
Cooper had just been released from prison on Nov. 25 and reportedly threatened to kill Michelle Rowling, his ex-girlfriend, while he was behind bars.
Family members believe she was murdered because she was trying to move on with her life without her ex-boyfriend.
On the day of his release, fearing for her safety and perhaps anticipating the worst, Rowling updated her Facebook status to read:
November 25 via mobile
“SOOOOOOOO IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ME TONIGHT JUST LET MY KIDS KNOW I LOVED THEM DEARLY AND TELL MY MOMMA I LOVE HER”
There were only two status updates to follow: one on Nov. 25 telling her children that she loved them and another on Nov. 26 wishing everyone on Facebook a “Happy Thanksgiving.”
The history of violence between Cooper and Rowling includes two separate incidents.
In one incident, Cooper was charged with knowingly committing bodily harm after cutting his former girlfriend on her neck. In a second case, Cooper was charged with domestic battery after pushing Rowling.
Anyone with any information regarding the stabbing death of Michelle Rowling is asked to contact the East St. Louis Police Department or Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.
As of this writing, Montrell Cooper has not been charged with the murder of Michelle Rowling.
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