In the city of Dayton, Ohio, the people are mourning the life of a 25 year old mother who was found in the Stillwater River after her disappearance was sparked by the police's apprehension of a man.
She was laid to rest last week and the question remains to why a young life would suffer a tragic fate?
This is gotten regional attention and a bit of national coverage. The young mother and her son were missing for nearly a month before the Dayton Police got a lead.
Her last posting on social networks were found.
Can't wait till March 20th!
— Nichelle McKnight (@McNugget777) March 5, 2014
The new year seems promising! ☺️
— Nichelle McKnight (@McNugget777) December 19, 2013
Praying I get this job so I can start my grind fully
— Nichelle McKnight (@McNugget777) June 30, 2013
This story hits close to home, literally.
The body of the young woman was discovered close to where I live.
Her body was retrieved from the Stillwater River with apparent gun shot wounds to the head.
I had worked at my job a few days ago and met a woman who knew the victim.
She said that Nichelle would ride the bus and take her son to the daycare. She was active military. Born in San Diego but raised in Dayton, Ohio, the young mother was trying to build a future.
She didn't get along with her family. Her family wasn't that concerned about her whereabouts until recently.
The woman said that even though Nichelle was a good mother and working from time to time, she was depressed. While facing depression, she ended up falling in love with a worthless scumbag.
That worthless scumbag would groom her into romance and use her. This would rile up the other woman.
Somehow these two clashed and there was a shooting. And now this woman and her son were missing.
According to leads, the child is dead but there's no actual location to where his body is. The Dayton Police and Montgomery County Sheriff found Nichelle's body.
The suspect is dead and the other woman is in county lock up for using Nichelle's credit cards.
|Antwan Anderson once had a stay of residence in the iron college. He was released. The Dayton Police and FBI were looking for this scumbag after Nichelle McKnight turned up missing. This scumbag got into a shoot out with police and ended up putting a bullet to the head (or at least what the cops say).|
The home on Birchwood is the residence of Tonisha Harris, 29, who was indicted Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on charges related to McKnight’s disappearance. The charges include six counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of theft by deception and misuse of a credit card, all fifth-degree felonies.
Dayton Police chief Richard Biehl said the body of McKnight's son, 4-year-old Zaden, has not been found. and the search for his remains continues.
Biehl said the police department, acting on a tip at 11:25 a.m. from an unknown caller who said he was an acquaintance of McKnight's boyfriend, Antwan Anderson, pointed the search to an area behind the Riverview Park Apartments, in the 4300 block of Riverside Drive, near Shoup Mill Road, in Harrison Twp.
|Tonisha Harris is in county lockup after she stole credit cards from the victim. She is the other woman in the relationship. The scumbag was dating two women at the time when all this jumped off.|
Biehl said there is no evidence that the body of Zaden is in the area, but that the department would be issuing an alert for all area law enforcement jurisdictions located south along the river.
Dayton homicide detectives searched in the same area, along the Stillwater River Trail in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike, for McKnight and her son. Police have been operating on the theory that the two were presumed dead.
McKnight reportedly discovered the thefts days before she disappeared on March 25. Her body was found April 11 near the banks of the Stillwater River.
According to a Dayton police incident report, Harris allegedly stole money from McKnight’s Chase bank account, and made purchases at area Walmarts using McKnight’s credit card. In total she allegedly stole nearly $3,000. The thefts were reportedly committed at the instruction of McKnight’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Antwan Anderson, whom police said was also in a relationship with Harris.
McKnight, an Air Force reservist, is having all her funeral expenses paid for by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. Air Force officials said McKnight was assigned to the 445th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from March 21, 2008 until March 16 this year, less than two weeks before she disappeared. McKnight received the Air Force commendation medal and was never deployed.
We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to family of Nichelle McKnight.
For a midsize city, Dayton, Ohio has a very big problem. As a part of the rust belt, many Americans are unemployed here. With the demand for manufacturing, one would of have thought Dayton as a viable home for jobs.
Alas, it's not.
Dayton and many other cities in the rust belt are still having a little problem. The problem is the perception theory. Many citizens avoid the city because of the perception of crime.
Crime occurs everyday in America.
However, when the media makes a story about a crime, they blow it out of proportion.
Dayton is suffering from blight, White flight and segregation. Intentional or not, Dayton is already in the toilet when it comes to viable places to live. With the high allergy rates, eyesores of abandon homes and businesses, and now 11 known homicides in the first quarter of 2014, it's no wonder Dayton is losing population.