St. Louis Mom And 8-Year-Old Daughter Found Dead, Tied To Bed Inside Home
August 12, 2021
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St. Louis police are on the hunt for a motive and suspect regarding the tragic deaths of a woman and her 8-year-old daughter.
Terri Bankhead, 27, and her daughter Da’Nilya Edwards were found dead inside their apartment on Aug. 11, the Associated Press reported.
Bankhead’s mom told police during a 911 call Wednesday afternoon, that she discovered their bodies tied to a bed and said they had been shot multiple times.
The woman says she grew concerned for her daughter and granddaughter when she tried contacting Bankhead but had a hard time reaching her.
During a press conference, St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden stated that the department has not made any arrests and asked residents for assistance in locating anyone who may have been involved in the heinous crime.
“This is very tragic. It’s just too much for anyone to bear, so we’re asking the community to assist us and provide us with information,” he said.
Family and friends of Bankhead believe that someone intentionally targeted the mother and daughter, KMOV 4 reported.
Bankhead’s cousin, Sha’Greggria Brown, told the CBS affiliate station that Bankhead was always the life of the party.
“Growing up with Shug [Bankhead] it was never a dull moment, like you’re gonna laugh the entire time. She should’ve been a stand up comedian,” she said.
She added that Bankhead was a loving mother to her daughter and an amazing friend to all who knew her.
“If didn’t nobody have no money and Shug did, we all had some. That’s the type of person she is. She is so giving. She’s fun to be around. She’s down for her friends, she was very loyal. When I got the news I was like ‘Why?’ Like I don’t understand, come on Shug,” Brown said.
KMOV reported that North City, the neighborhood where Bankhead and her daughter were killed, has seen the deaths of 11 children so far this year.
Brown said residents in North City need to speak up and take action to prevent this from happening again.
“It’s an 8-year-old that was just murdered and tied up in your community. We need to stand up and take control of our community. Do something better, everyone just do something. Something needs to be done,” Brown said.
“Everyone feels like they need to move out of town for a better life and this is where we grew up at,” Brown added.