Crime & Courts

Police assisting daughters of woman killed in east Charlotte home

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they are continuing to assist the daughters of a woman who died April 28 after a man kicked in the front door of her east Charlotte home, assaulted and killed her, and then set the house on fire.

Tamika McClelland’s daughters, ages 21 and 8, were home at the time of the attack but escaped and called 911, police said.

Halim Stovall, the man police said killed McClelland, died after Medic took him from the home on Harpley Court to Carolinas Medical Center-University. Harpley Court is off Harrisburg Road and Interstate 485.

Police haven’t said how they believe McClelland and Stovall died, but said they were treating McClelland’s death as a homicide.

McClelland, 39, was a registered nurse from Erie, Pa., who moved to North Carolina in the past few years. Stovall, 39, had a criminal record in Erie and a court order telling him to stay away from McClelland.

“To add to the viciousness of this crime, the act was committed in front of the victim’s two daughters,” police said in a news release Wednesday announcing their ongoing help for the daughters.

The daughters escaped with only the clothes on their back. Most, if not all, of their belongings were lost in the fire, police said.

Several police officers have taken it upon themselves to assist the daughters.

They contacted managers at the Target on Albemarle Road, who they said were eager to help.

Through the Target store and several private donations from police, the officers obtained clothes, toys and $200 in gift cards for the daughters.

“The efforts of these officers is a prime example of how Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers go beyond addressing criminal issues within communities,” police spokeswoman Officer Jessica Wallin said Wednesday.

Several officers who are helping the daughters are scheduled to appear at a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Hickory Grove Division, 5727-A North Sharon Amity Road.

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