SALISBURY, N.C. — Katina Ponder said it has been extremely difficult losing her best friend of more than 17 years, Rodesia Singleton.
Salisbury police said Singleton was killed on Jan. 6 inside her Zion Hills apartment off Standish Street. Investigators didn’t say how she died.
“She’s really loved by her community. It has really hit her friends really hard,” said Ponder.
Ponder said the 30-year-old mother of two moved to Rowan County last year.
Singleton had big plans for her family, her friend said.
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“I want to say it was two months ago that she just became general manager of her store,” Ponder said. “She was getting ready to go back to school. She was looking to get into the medical field.”
Ponder said Singleton’s two young children were at the home at the time of the homicide.
They were not hurt. Ponder and police said the children will be in DSS custody until it decides which family member’s household they will be in.
“I believe one of my friends was able to see the kids,” Ponder said. “He had a little video clip with the kids. The son just looked terrified, totally different than how he usually is. He is usually hyper, all over the place, can’t control him. It was heartbreak. It was definitely heartbreaking.”
Salisbury police said the children’s father, Donovan Knowlin, is a person of interest in her murder. He’s currently in jail on separate charges. Ponder said she hopes to get more information in the upcoming weeks.
“I’m not one to have a lot of hate in my heart,” she said. “I just don’t understand how it can get that angry to do something like that,” said Ponder. “I wish I would have known, and I just feel guilty not being able to be there for her. All I can think about is the kids, the fear that was in her heart that was going on at the time.”
Ponder set up a GoFundMe to help support the Singleton family and pay for funeral expenses. While the money will not bring her friend back, she said it will allow them to give her the send-off she deserves.
“We just asking that any donation, any donation is greatly appreciated,” said Ponder.
Ponder is hoping to raise $5,000 by Jan. 14. Click here for more information.
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