Lavoris Tinisha Watkins, a 26-year-old Lansing mother of two children, was found dead on Saturday afternoon, December 22 after police received a call reporting that a residence’s front door was standing open. After arriving at the scene and performing a security check, officers found the victim’s body. News reports state that police are requesting help from the public in locating who may be responsible.
The alleged homicide occurred at a residence located in the 1000 block of Kelsey Avenue. Watkins was pronounced dead at the scene after she was found to be unresponsive, although no details have been released revealing how she died. Her death is being investigated by Lansing police as a homicide.
Family members describe Watkins as a caring mother who was always willing to help others or lend a helping hand in any situation. Nea, as friends and family called Lavoris, attended Ross Medical Education Center and had lived in Lansing all of her life. Captain Daryl Green of the Lansing police said, “This is a tragedy and our department will do all we can to bring those responsible to justice.” Green stated that detectives are investigating the homicide and are working continuously to apprehend the individual or individuals responsible. Those with information are urged to contact Detective Sgt. Christopher Baldwin at 517-483-6846.
Individuals arrested on charges of homicide, murder, or voluntary/involuntary manslaughter face extremely serious consequences if convicted. Michigan homicide attorneys strongly advise those who are arrested for these types of crimes do not speak to police without the presence of a lawyer. Police frequently use forceful tactics and otherwise coerce individuals into saying things that can be very detrimental to their case.