Myeisha Turner’s family members have no idea how she spent her final moments on this earth, and as time passes they grow more and more afraid they will never know.
Still, they refuse to give up their search for her cold-blooded killer.
On August 23, 2013, Turner -- a 28-year-old single mother of two who would have turned 29 this past December -- was found dead along with her 3-year-old daughter Damiah White, inside a Kansas City, Missouri, apartment they’d only been living in for five days.
The killer spared the life of Turner’s infant son Denim, now one-year-old, who was found with the bodies, crying uncontrollably, by a family member days later.
His survival is the only ray of light in an otherwise mysterious and heartbreaking tale.
It is also a tip-off to the suspect’s possible identity; the family says anyone close to the “friendly, loving and caring” certified nurse’s aide and her kids knew that Damiah – who was just about to start preschool -- was a bright, precocious and talkative child with a good memory. If she recognized the killer she would have been able to identify him to the police, which is why she would have had to be killed. Haunted by the death of the little girl and her mother, also a student at nearby National American University, Turner’s family members have gone out in groups to knock on every door in the neighborhood where the double shootings took place – a residential area known for drugs, gang activity and other crimes -- in the hopes that someone will step forward with new information. They’ve also worked tirelessly with the media to bring the murderer to justice, offering witnesses a $12,000 reward with the help of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime for tips leading to the killer’s capture.
Still, the police have not identified any suspects.
“These murders have just gutted our family,” says Turner’s mom, Cheryl. “It’s hard to sleep at night. We all want to know why. Why kill my daughter and her baby girl, my precious Damiah? Who could just kill them in cold blood like that?”
As it is with all too many unsolved murder cases involving women and their children, Cheryl and her sister Tina Collier believes the suspect is a former romantic interest of Myeisha’s, someone they decline to name for fear of retribution or a lawsuit (as he has not been officially charged with the crime).
“[Myeisha] had a tablet and she texted a friend from that tablet [the night of the murder],” Cheryl says of her daughter. “The text said, ‘He’s here,’ [referencing this former suitor.] That’s the last time anybody heard from her. Another thing is that this guy never came through for the memorial service, the funeral, nothing. If you are messing with someone, wouldn’t you want to come and pay your respects?” she asks. “All her other old boyfriends came. They also came to my house. Except for this one person. These are the things that stick out to me.”
Then, there is also the man’s shady, criminal background, which is, unfortunately, not enough to pin him to these particular crimes.
“There is no other logical explanation [for who could have killed them],” says Cheryl. “My daughter didn’t have any enemies like that. Plus, a detective called and told me that they had arrested [this guy] for something else. Turns out he had been implicated in other homicides. He also had just gotten out [of prison] after doing ten years on a murder charge! I don’t think Myeisha knew this.”
"Someone, somewhere, knows what happened,” says Collier. “They have to -- the walls to [Myeisha’s] apartment were paper thin and when [the family member arrived and discovered the killings] the door had been left wide open."
Turner's sister is desperate for the aid of anyone who is holding off on sharing their knowledge of the crime to come forward and help the family finally get justice.
"Please help us,” she pleads. “We just want to hold the murderer accountable.”
If you have any information about this crime, please call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).