UPDATE: Woman found dead on July 4th strangled according to medical examiner
Chattanooga police are investigating the 18th homicide of 2016 as the holiday weekend comes to an end.
UPDATE: A report, released by the Hamilton County Medical Examiner, shows Aisha Bearden was strangled to death inside her College Hill Courts apartment home.
Bearden, the city’s 18th homicide victim of the year, was found dead in her apartment on July 4, her birthday.
According to a preliminary medical examiner’s report, Bearden’s brother found her dead with several marks on her neck consistent with strangulation. The report also indicated Bearden likely died on the day she was found.
The 23-year-old was last seen two days before her death. Police ruled Bearden’s death a homicide but have not named a suspect.
The Hamilton County Medical Examiner has ordered a full autopsy to include toxicology testing for additional information in Bearden’s death.
PREVIOUS STORY: Aisha Bearden would have turned 23-years-old on July 4th, she was planning a big celebration with family and friends. Now loved ones are planning her funeral. How she was tragically killed on her birthday remains a mystery.
"It's sad that when you go to sleep at night you're thinking you're going to sleep peaceful, then when you wake up you get a phone call or you come out and you see yellow tape," said neighbor Cassandra Robinson. " Enough is enough in this city."
Family and friends found 23-year-old Aisha Bearden dead in her West Main Street apartment Monday. They say they knew something was wrong when she didn't answer the door. Her injuries lead investigators to believe her death was a homicide.
An official cause of death will have to be determined by a medical examiner.
"Her life is gone she is too young, our young generation is falling by the wayside," said Robinson.
Loved ones say Aisha grew up there. They say she was a free spirit, proud to be living on her own and a loyal friend who was best known for her fun personality and smile.
"Remember Aisha's smile, the way she walked her strut, the strive in her, the confidence that Aisha had in her," said Robinson.
Her death marks the city's 18th homicide of 2016. Hours later two separate shootings killed two others, injuring 3 more. Neighbors don't know if any of the violence is connected, they just want it to stop.
"This stuff is senseless why are you killing each other? What are you getting out of it? It's nothing...God is not pleased with all of this killing going on," said Robinson.
Most neighbors are too afraid to talk, but Cassandra Robinson has this message to the people doing the killing.
"There is a lot of mothers and fathers out here hurting. If you're going to stand up, stand up for what's right and fall for nothing. The United States Military will take you, they got several branches if you want to go. It don't hurt to ask......go over there where Isis and all those people are getting killed.... go over there if you want to shoot somebody."
Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call 423-698-2525. Officials say their investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it becomes available.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police are investigating the 18th homicide of 2016 as the holiday weekend comes to an end.
CPD says officers responded to West Main Street Court on a call of a medical emergency. When officers arrived on scene they located Aisha Bearden, 23, deceased in the home. Officers requested investigators with Violent Crimes Bureau to respond to review the undetermined death.
Police said after reviewing the victim's body revealed trauma. Due to the injuries on the victim's body investigators open a homicide investigation into this case and are currently continuing the investigation.
The Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Family members tell Channel 3 that Monday was Aisha Bearden's birthday.
Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call 423-698-2525. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available.