Slain Atlanta Woman Leaves Five Children Behind

Published August 7, 2009

Two roommates were found, each with a single gunshot to the head Sunday in their Atlanta apartment, police said.  A third roommate discovered one of housemates in the dining room, the other in the kitchen when she arrived home from work Sunday morning, according to Atlanta Police spokesman Sgt. Eddie Atkins.

There were no signs of forced entry, and while authorities say they have no motive, they believe that Lanaetria Renee Butler, 28, and Karida Winkler, 34, were executed.

“We’re open to anything at this point,” Atkins told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It was Lanaetria Butler’s ex-boyfriend that called her family in Jacksonville, Fla., with the news of her murder. Last year, Lanaetria, who was pregnant with her fifth child at the time, called her mother, Lanorita Butler, to say she needed a place for her children to live, the Journal-Constitution reports.

“Mommy, would you please come get the children,” Lanorita Butler remembers Lanaetria asking. Lanorita Butler still has the oldest children, ages 7 and 6 in her custody. “Now all five of Lanaetria Butler’s children have lost their mother. Her youngest child will turn a year old next month,” the newspaper writes.

Written by BET.com Staff

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