'If anything happens tell my kids I love them': Woman found stabbed to death left chilling Facebook post

Police say Michelle Rowling’s ex-boyfriend is a 'person of interest' in case and he has now handed himself in for questioning

A woman who was stabbed to death in a US apartment had left a chilling Facebook message apparently warning her friends she was going to be killed.

Michelle Rowling, 25, was found by police in East St Louis, Illinois, investigating calls of a disturbance on Saturday. She was rushed to hospital with multiple knife wounds, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Last night Ms Rowling’s ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Montrell Cooper, turned himself in to police. He had been wanted for breaching a probation order not to have any contact with the victim.

Officers said he was a person of interest in her death, according to reports from the Illinois news channel KSDK.

Cooper was jailed in August for assaulting Ms Rowling, and had previously avoided jail in a domestic violence trial after she testified in his favour.

Chilling details have now emerged of the week leading up to Ms Rowling’s death.

On Tuesday 26 November at 3.49am the mother of two wrote a public Facebook status which read: “SOOOOOOOO IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ME TONIGHT JUST LET MY KIDS KNOW I LOVED THEM DEARLY AND TELL MY MOMMA I LOVE HER.”

Friends and fellow social media users told her not to “say things like that” and call the police, to which she responded: “THE POLICE… LOL IM GONE B GONE BOUT TIME THEY COME.”

Later that morning, Ms Rowling wrote: “I’m good… I just heard some news that's it.” Family members now allege that the news she referred to was Cooper’s release from prison. He was freed on Monday 25 November.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly confirmed to KSDK that Cooper had indeed been jailed for assaulting Ms Rowling, and police said that in one incident last year she arrived at City Hall with blood pouring from her neck, saying Cooper had stabbed her.

No charges have yet been filed in the case. Officers added that Ms Rowling’s children are staying with her family members.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Call Centre Manager - OTE £50,000

£25000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This innovative online car purc...

Recruitment Genius: Subscriptions and Marketing Assistant

£12500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A subscriptions and marketing a...

Metail Ltd: Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific

£35,000 - £40,000 based on experience : Metail Ltd: As a Business Development ...

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Supervisor

£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a well establis...

Day In a Page

Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate