Ohio Mother of Two Killed by Blind Date While Children Were in Next Room, Police Say

An Ohio mother of two was killed by a blind date while her two children were in the next room, Dayton police said.

Shanika Bogan, 31, was killed last week in her apartment. Her 10-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were home at the time but did not witness the killing.

"She was set up basically in kind of a blind date type of situation," Dayton Police Lieutenant Jason Hall told People on Thursday. "He was obviously pursuing a romantic relationship with her."

Dayton police were called to Bogan's apartment on Uhrig Avenue by her mother, Tracie Berry, around 6 a.m. on April 30. Berry first became concerned last Friday morning when she did not receive the usual text message from her daughter. She drove over to Bogan's house and found her dead inside the apartment.

"She was dead upon their arrival," Hall said. "It was an intentional killing."

On Thursday morning, police arrested 28-year-old Kendall Beasley on a murder warrant. He is facing murder and felonious assault charges, according to court documents.

Bogan and Beasley were acquaintances "for a short period of time," Hall said, but investigators are still trying to determine his motive.

"We still have a lot of work to do on the motive end of that," he said. "We are trying to piece together the events that occurred, but I don't have an answer for that right now."

Dayton police told Newsweek that Bogan's cause and manner of death is still under investigation and has not been released.

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Shanika Bogan, 31, was killed in her apartment last week in what Dayton, Ohio, police are calling "a blind date type of situation." Facebook

Berry told WHIO-TV that her grandson spoke to the suspect before Bogan's death.

"He told my oldest grandson, 'I'm going to give your mama a massage,'" Berry said on Wednesday. "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."

Beasley had been out of prison for less than a month at the time of the killing, the Dayton Daily News reported. On April 5, Beasley was released from Ohio's London Correctional Institution, where he served six years for aggravated burglary and intimidating a victim. The case involved a woman.

"It's unbelievable that it really happened," Berry told WHIO. "Shanika wouldn't hurt a fly."

Bogan's brother, William, called his sister a "sweetheart" who was "like, literally the nicest person you will ever meet," he told WHIO.

"She did everything for those boys," Berry said.