Crime & Courts

Investigators seek tips in shooting death of Rock Hill woman

Latoya Cureton
Latoya Cureton

As several children laughed and chatted at a picnic table in East Moore Street Park on Friday, another boy rode his bicycle on State Street. Barely 100 yards from the children is the Green Street home where a woman was found shot to death Wednesday, and investigators are still trying to determine who killed her.

Latoya Cureton, 27, was found shot to death in the backyard of 459 Green St. on Wednesday evening. Police said Friday they’ve determined she was shot in the backyard. Investigators now are trying to figure out the motive for her killing, and who pulled the trigger.

“It’s such a horrible tragedy,” said Capt. Brent Allmon, spokesman for the Rock Hill Police Department. “We want to reach out to the neighbors again. If they know anything or have anything, please contact us and help us make a break in this case.”

Cureton’s body was found behind a vacant home at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators believe she was shot sometime between 3 and 5 a.m. Wednesday, Allmon said.

She was the niece of William “Q-Rock” Cureton, a longtime football coach and teaching assistant at Northwestern High School.

The yard where Cureton’s body was found is about three blocks south of City Hall in downtown Rock Hill and across the street from East Moore Street Park. The Green Street Superette is next door to the house, and the home’s backyard would have been visible as people left the small store and walked along a short foot path to the rear, Allmon said.

The motive remains unknown. Police are still assessing evidence gathered at the crime scene, but Allmon said they need someone to come forward with information, such as having seen someone at the scene around that time. He emphasized that callers or informants can remain anonymous.

“We do believe the murder took place in that backyard,” he said. “I feel like somebody knows something. It’s a matter of them coming forward to talk to the police about it. Even the littlest of things.”

Got a tip?

Anyone with information about the shooting death of Latoya Cureton is asked to call the Rock Hill Police Department at 803-329-7200, or CrimeStoppers at 888-274-6372. Callers will remain anonymous, and might be eligible for a cash reward.