• Man arrested days after girlfriend found stabbed to death inside home

    By: Tina Terry

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police said they have caught the man who they think stabbed his girlfriend to death earlier this week.

    Aliyah Terry was killed in what police believe to be a domestic violence incident. She had hoped her testimony would help other women in similar situations.

    Isaih Henderson III turned himself in to police and was charged with her murder, according to police.

    Isaih Henderson III and Aliyah Terry
    Isaih Henderson III and Aliyah Terry

    (Henderson and Terry)

    Police had been looking for Henderson after they found Terry stabbed to death early Tuesday inside her east Charlotte home.

    [LINK: Domestic violence state and national resources]

    The homicide was Charlotte's 59th of the year -- one more than the Queen City's total for all of 2018 -- and investigators believe it to be domestic violence-related.

    Officers were called shortly before 2 a.m. to the scene on Gold Pan Road, off the Plaza Road Extension, where they found Terry, 35, who had been stabbed. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    Terry died just days before a book she wrote about domestic violence was available for pre-order.

    She wrote about her experience in “The Queen Xperience.”

    Nakita Davis said Terry endured and overcame much heartache.

    "She was a beautiful person inside and out, kept a beautiful smile," Davis said.

    Davis is the book's publisher and said Terry had hoped her story would inspire abused women.

    "I want women to walk away knowing there is help,” Davis said about the book.

    Davis said the book includes work from several women and aims to motivate.

    “It encourages women across the world to play their royal position,” Davis said. “Encouraging people to live out their God-sized dreams.”

    Police told Channel 9 that four hours before finding Terry, they were called to the home because of an argument between the woman and her live-in boyfriend, Henderson, 32. When officers showed up, Henderson had already left and police determined no crime had been committed.

    “But again, no crime was committed,” CMPD Maj. David Robinson said. “Officers cleared the scene. Four hours later, we received a call about the stabbing here at this address.”

    Terry's book was available for pre-order on Amazon.com Wednesday morning. Davis said 50 percent of pre-order sales would go into a fund for Terry’s children.

    The book will officially be released on Oct. 4, which is National Sisters Day.

    It can also be purchased online here.

    (WATCH BELOW: Police update Channel 9 on the homicide)

    "It's a safe neighborhood"

    On Tuesday morning, Channel 9 crews could see crime tape around the apartment building, and the victim's brown SUV had all four tires flat.

    Those who live nearby told Eyewitness News they had no indication anything was wrong.

    "It's a safe neighborhood," neighbor Tasha Groberg said. "This stuff doesn't happen regularly, so it's just a little unnerving that it's just down the street from us."

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    Rachel Brummert is a domestic violence survivor who now works to stop it.

    “It’s shocking,” Brummert said. “Somebody heard something. Somebody called the police. Someone was concerned enough to look after her. To hear that he came back later is shocking. It’s sad beyond belief, and I hope she gets justice.”

    For those who may be looking for help with regard to their relationship, you can call the domestic violence crisis hotline at 980-771-4673. It's available 24 hours a day.

    This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.

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