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Woman Posts "Let My Kids Know I Loved Them" On Facebook Before She Is Killed

Michelle Rowling posted the ominous message after learning her abusive ex-boyfriend was released from jail. She was stabbed to death days later.

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This is Michelle Rowling.

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She was a 25-year-old mother of two from East St. Louis, Ill. She was found stabbed to death in her apartment on Nov. 29. Police reportedly suspect former boyfriend, Montrell Cooper, is connected with the case.

Journalist Goldie Taylor, who grew up in East St. Louis, knew Rowling and her family personally.

… I remember her mother Kathy. We went to jr. high together. Kathy's grandmother ran a "store" out of her house. We bought candy there…

Goldie Taylor

@goldietaylor

… I remember her mother Kathy. We went to jr. high together. Kathy's grandmother ran a "store" out of her house. We bought candy there…

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… Our families were extremely close… We lived 3 blocks from each other… Us on 10th, them on 13th…

Goldie Taylor

@goldietaylor

… Our families were extremely close… We lived 3 blocks from each other… Us on 10th, them on 13th…

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Taylor linked the tragedy of Rowling's case to the poverty of the area they grew up in.

… East St. Louis has a murder rate 17 times the national average, but you never see it in the national news…

Goldie Taylor

@goldietaylor

… East St. Louis has a murder rate 17 times the national average, but you never see it in the national news…

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… the city's police force is half what it should be for a municipality of its size…

Goldie Taylor

@goldietaylor

… the city's police force is half what it should be for a municipality of its size…

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… Michelle knew no one was coming, because there was no one to come…

Goldie Taylor

@goldietaylor

… Michelle knew no one was coming, because there was no one to come…

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… no domestic violence services, public housing refused to relocate her…

Goldie Taylor

@goldietaylor

… no domestic violence services, public housing refused to relocate her…

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Yes. This is about domestic violence. But it is also about abject poverty, environmental degradation, flight of industry, education...

Goldie Taylor

@goldietaylor

Yes. This is about domestic violence. But it is also about abject poverty, environmental degradation, flight of industry, education...

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BND reports that Cooper was arrested after turning himself in, but has not yet been charged with Rowling's murder. Illinois police could not be reached to comment on Cooper's current status.

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