On May 6, Kendall D. Beasley, the man responsible for murdering Shanika Bogan, an Ohio mother of two at her Dayton apartment, was arrested.
According to People Magazine, last week, Bogan was found dead in her home while her two children were home.
“She was dead upon their arrival,” Dayton Police Lt. Jason Hall told the publication. “It was an intentional killing.”
In an interview with WHIO-TV, Shanika’s mother, Tracie Berry, said, “It’s unbelievable that it really happened. Shanika wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
Bogan and Beasley were allegedly acquainted with one another “for a very short period of time,” Hall said.
“She was set up basically in kind of a blind date type of situation,” reported Hall. “He was obviously pursuing a romantic relationship with her.”
Authorities are currently trying to determine the motive for the murder.
“We still have a lot of work to do on the motive end of that,” Hall added. “We are trying to piece together the events that occurred, but I don’t have an answer for that right now.”
Berry mentioned that although Bogan’s children didn’t witness their mother being killed, one of the children spoke to Beasley.
“He told my oldest grandson, ‘I’m going to give your mama a massage,'” Berry said. “I know he went in the bedroom and shut the door … and he came out told my grandson, ‘She’s taking a nap — get [yourself] some cereal to snack on, and I’ll be back’ … and left.”
William Bogan, Shanika’s brother, referred to his sister as a “sweetheart.”
“Like, literally the nicest person you will ever meet.”
“She did everything for those boys,” said Berry. “It’s devastating. It really is.”
Beasley was arrested on a murder warrant but has not yet been charged.