A woman from Alabama was found dead inside her apartment, and her boyfriend of less than a year has been charged with murder, authorities say.
Madison Shea Pilkington, 25, was discovered dead by a relative inside her Hoover apartment early Saturday after she did not show up to work at a sports bar the day before, police told AL.com.
She died of blunt force trauma, authorities said.
Pilkington’s girlfriend, Cortez Lenarde Warren, 32, was arrested during a police chase later Saturday afternoon.
Police had previously issued an alarm identifying him as a suspect.
He is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and illegal possession of marijuana, the business reported Monday.
Warren allegedly tried to clean up the crime scene, but no further details were immediately given. He had been dating Pilkington for less than a year, AL.com reported.
“She was beautiful both inside and out,” said Pilkington’s aunt, Dana Armstrong. “She was loved by everyone who knew her … It’s been such a shock.”
Warren, whose Facebook profile identifies him as a manager at a Hooters restaurant and a Walmart, had previously been arrested for domestic abuse involving another woman, AL.com reported.
“Love making money and having fun doing it !!” Warren’s profile reads. “Just like going out and having fun in my spare time.”
In 2016, a woman accused Warren of strangling her, throwing her on a bed and damaging her phone so she could not call for help. One of the charges he faced was ultimately dismissed, while a grand jury refused to prosecute him on a charge of strangulation or choking, according to the business.
Warren of Birmingham remains in custody Monday in Jefferson County Jail on $ 262,000 bail, online records show. It is unclear whether he has hired a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
Pilkington, meanwhile, went to college in Birmingham and aspired to work as a graphic designer.
“We are devastated and we want people to keep us in their prayers,” her grieving aunt told AL.com.
An online fundraiser created by Armstrong had raised more than $ 13,000 as of Monday.
“The family needs help to pay for the funeral and the final expenses, so I ask everyone who feels the calling in their heart to contribute,” the website states. “Thank you all for your prayers.”
Pilkington took courses at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, according to her Facebook profile, where she identified herself as single.
Pilkington’s friends said they were shocked by her killing.
“Honestly, I’m missing words,” Alyssa Fields Moore wrote on Facebook. “[Madison] and I shared so many memories when I was growing up. She knew exactly how to light up a room and make you laugh so hard your stomach hurt. My heart is so broken for her sweet family. ”
Pilkington was an outgoing woman who had an infectious trait, a former classmate told WMBA.
“Super bubbly, amazing, amazing person to be around,” Tristan Van Bogart told the station. “If you had a bad day, you went and saw Madison … She was always so happy, and being ripped off the world, I think is more than just a tragedy.”