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Harlem Woman’s Body Found In Storage Container, Cousin Charged With Murder

Friends and family described Nisaa Walcott, a single mother, as a ‘beautiful person.’

New York City police arrested a suspect Saturday (Feb. 26) and charged him with the murder of an East Harlem mother who was also his own cousin, CBS New York reports.

One day earlier, the body of Nisaa Walcott, 35, was found in a plastic storage container in the Bronx. She’s the mother of a 14-year-old son.

ABC New York reported that Khalid Barrow, 21, was arraigned Sunday (Feb. 27) morning and charged with second-degree murder and three counts of concealment of a human corpse.

"This is barbaric, very gutless. The person who did this had to have been a person who had no soul because all she wanted to do was help this person," Walcott’s brother, Eugene Butler, told CBS New York.

Butler, distraught by the tragic loss, described his sister as “a beautiful person” who was also a “caring, loving woman that really loved her family."

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A man who routinely rummages around the Bronx storage facility for things to resell discovered Walcott’s body after noticing a leg in a bin, according to NBC New York. Investigators linked Barrow to Walcott’s death after viewing surveillance video from her apartment building and the site where her body was found.

Walcott’s family had reported her missing on Thursday (Feb. 24) after she didn’t answer multiple phone calls and they received suspicious text messages from her phone. Investigators believe Barrow sent the text messages with Walcott’s mobile phone to throw off worried family members.

Investigators said they’ve also viewed the footage that purports to show Barrow at Walcott’s Harlem building removing a large plastic container around midnight on Friday. Another person helps Walcott transport the container to the site where it was found. No cause of death was immediately determined.

Walcott’s friends have placed candles outside her apartment building as a makeshift memorial.

"She was a beautiful person, hard worker, she was a single mother, she was an entrepreneur she worked hard and she didn’t deserve this," NBC quoted Walcott's friend, Luz Droz

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