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Woman found dead July 4th in vehicle outside home in north Charlotte, police say

This is the Charlotte neighborhood where CMPD is investigating a homicide that occurred early on the Fourth of July.
This is the Charlotte neighborhood where CMPD is investigating a homicide that occurred early on the Fourth of July. Street View image from March 2019. © 2019 Google

Charlotte’s latest homicide was discovered early July 4th, when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police found a woman’s body in a vehicle amid the homes in a middle class neighborhood.

The victim was identified July 5 as 23-year-old Khira Bernetta Denise Ruth McKinley.

The shooting happened in the 7200 block of Oakwinds Court, a cul de sac off Old Statesville Road. Investigators say they received the 911 call at 8:42 a.m. Thursday, about an assault with a deadly weapon.

“When they arrived, they located an adult female inside of a vehicle who was pronounced deceased on scene by MEDIC,” said a press release. “Homicide Unit detectives responded to the scene to canvass the area and conduct the investigation.”

Police have not said if they have a suspect in her McKinley’s death.

The body was discovered after a man woke up Thursday to find an unfamiliar car “parked in his driveway,” according to WBTV. He told the station “he did not know the woman or why the car was on his property.”

It was the 60th person killed in Charlotte in 2019, which authorities say is an unusually high number for early July. In 2018, CMPD reported 57 homicides in Charlotte, according to the Charlotte Observer’s data. The 2018 total was changed to 58 in February, when a man died from wounds sustained last year.

Charlotte’s violent crime was up 20% between April and June compared to the same period in 2018, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The recent spike in homicides — the city has already passed 2018’s year-end homicide total — has attracted headlines, but other types of violent crime have increased, too.

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