Ex-boyfriend charged with murder after missing NC teen found dead in car

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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) — The ex-boyfriend of a teen who was found shot to death in a car in Salisbury Monday night has been charged with murder.

Police say 20-year-old Brandon Jerron Hawkins of Salisbury is charged with first-degree murder and larceny of a firearm.

Hawkins is the ex-boyfriend of 19-year-old Talisha Danielle Crowder, whose body was found in a 1991 Honda Accord parked in an apartment parking lot in the 300 block of N. Long Street near Park Avenue.

Investigators said Crowder had been shot to death. The Honda Accord, they said, belongs to Hawkins.

Crowder, who was reported missing by her mother earlier Monday, was found around 7 p.m. Officials are investigating Crowder’s death as a homicide and do not believe the killing was a random act of violence.

Crowder graduated last summer from the Rowan-Cabarrus Community Early College with an associate’s degree on arts, according to RCCC.

“We are saddened to hear that one of our graduates was a victim of a violent act such as this,” said 2015-16 Student Government Association President, Tereysha Robles, who recognized Talisha as one who frequented the student center and participated in campus activities.

“It’s going to be really tough to conceptualize that that life no longer dances on if you would, because it is and was one that was meaningful and still had time to grow, so it’s just really tough to think that it’s been stifled for any reason or purpose,” said Sakinah Riley, and English teacher at the Rowan Early College. “Talisha was a great person, very beautiful and cheery. I hope that she’s remembered in that way, figuring things out and actually finding a way to get through it and prevailing.”

Crowder was a fulltime student at Pfeiffer University in Stanly County.

“Everyone in the Pfeiffer community is heartbroken by the news of Talisha’s Crowder’s death,” said President Colleen Perry Keith in a statement on the Pfeiffer University web site. “Students, of course, are Pfeiffer’s most precious and valuable resource; her loss will be long felt by her classmates and professors. We all are keeping Talisha’s family, friends and hallmates foremost our thoughts and prayers.”

A biology/pre-med major, Ms. Crowder was by all accounts a serious student who held a work-study job on campus and was a member of Pfeiffer’s dance team. Counselors from Pfeiffer’s counseling center and Pfeiffer’s ministry staff are available for students, faculty members and staff who request these services.

A prayer vigil will be held at the chapel on the Pfeiffer campus at 6 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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