Metro East mother posts chilling Facebook message days before her death


by Staff | @KMOV

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 10:52 PM

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( -- Police are looking for a man they say is a person of interest in the death of a Metro East woman Saturday.

East St. Louis Police said they were called by a family member to the 400 block of North 6th Street to check on 25-year-old Michelle Rowling. 

When officers arrived, they found her dead from multiple stab wounds.

Authorities want to question Montrell Cooper, 25, in connection to the killing. He remains at large.

Family members of Rowling say she was fearful of Cooper after he was recently in jail for attacking her.

“He got out four days ago, four days ago and from what I understand from others in jail with him that was his word, he was going to kill her,” said Diane Simmons, Rowling’s grandmother.

Cooper was on probation for cutting Rowling's neck in 2012. 

Family members also say Rowling and Cooper have a 5-year-old daughter together, but broke off their relationship earlier this year.

Five days before her death, Rowling posted a chilling message on Facebook that read, "Sooo, if anything happens to me tonight just let my kids know I loved them dearly and tell my momma I love her."

The message was posted the day Cooper was released from jail. 

Mary Burns, a spokesperson for The Woman's Place, urges victims to seek help if they believe they are in danger. 

The Woman's Place helps domestic violence victims come up with safety plans when they fear their lives are in danger. 

Police say they found Cooper's SUV abandoned in Glen Carbon and are now going through the vehicle for evidence. 

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the East St. Louis Police Department at (618) - 482-6767.