AJC: Slain roommate leaves behind 5 children
Lanaetria Butler, 28, and a roommate 34-year-old Karida Winkler were each found with a single gunshot to the head Sunday morning at their apartment in the 3100 block of Godby Road, police spokesman Sgt. Eddie Atkins said.
A third roommate discovered the bodies of the two women when she returned home from work around 9:41 a.m., Atkins said. One of the women was found in the dining room, and the other in the kitchen.
Police are investigating the execution-style murders and found no signs of forced entry, Atkins said. Investigators have not determined a motive.
“We’re open to anything at this point,” Atkins said.
It was Lanaetria Butler’s ex-boyfriend that called her family in Jacksonville, Fla., with the news of her murder.
“He said, ‘A boy that knows me and Renee told me Renee had gotten killed,’” said Elizabeth Butler, Lanaetria’s grandmother. “He was crying when he called me.”
Lanaetria Butler left the Jacksonville area about five years ago and moved to Atlanta, according to her mother.
Last year, Lanorita Butler’s daughter, pregnant with her fifth child, called and needed a place for her children to live.
“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.
Relatives of the other victim could not be reached for comment late Sunday night.
Investigators continue to question possible witnesses and follow leads, although no suspect has been identified, authorities said.