CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Arianna Edmonds.
Edmonds was found dead on a wooded trail off Biscaybe Drive near Eastway Drive around 8 a.m. September 4.
Friday, police announced 20-year-old Asyini Levarius Miller was identified as a suspect in the case and charged with murder, kidnapping, and assault on a female.
Nearby Eastway Middle School was placed on lockdown for about 15 minutes as police investigated. The school sent a message to families alerting them of the situation:
“Good morning Eastway Middle families. This is Principal Webb with an important announcement. This morning our school was placed on lockdown by CMPD for about 15 minutes before school started due to some police activity on Biscayne Dr. behind the shopping center. Some of our buses needed to be rerouted due to the lockdown. They returned after the lockdown was lifted. All students and staff were safe and never in danger. Once the lockdown was lifted, we started our day with teaching and learning. Thank you for your involvement at Eastway.”
After the woman’s body was found, police canvassed the area searching for witnesses. There is no word on any possible motive.
The discovery startled shoppers at the nearby Eastland Square.
""A lot of people frequent this area. I work up the street and it could happen to anybody. It could happen to you. It could happen to me," shopper Kirt Norflee said.
People were especially concerned with her body being found in such close proximity to the middle school.
""I have friends that have children that go to that school and it is frightening! It makes me want to do something about it I don’t know what," shopper Debbie Jackson said.
This marks the 74th homicide in Charlotte this year, and Johnson is calling for change.
""How are all these people getting guns? I don’t think everybody that has a gun should have a gun," she said.
Anyone with additional information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.